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Media briefs: journalists freed … Bauer boss bounces … heavenly …

The CEO of Bauer magazines has quit the company for Woolworths. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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World’s biggest tax dodger wants competitors to pay their damn taxes

The wisdom Rupert Murdoch offered to G20 finance ministers is simply more of the self-interest that has given us the inequality he rails against, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Companies for old men: the codgers who refuse to let go of their boards

Is it ageist to suggest companies might be better off electing at least a few younger faces to their boards? You know, so we don’t have quite so many executives dying on the job …

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Media briefs: Kim Williams’ news on News … Opera Ball without opera … new shows on Channel 7

Kim Williams on adapting and adopting in journalism. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Murdochs’ golden handshake packages more like platinum

Ever wondered about the value of Rupert and James Murdoch’s retirement pension and termination packages? SPOILER ALERT: They’re worth more than a gold watch.

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Media briefs: Dempster v Mitchell … real estate empires … ‘insiders’ say thanks …

News Corp ties its future (further) to real estate. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Rupert in the poorhouse? Murdoch’s salary falls at Fox

Like millions of workers around the world, Rupert Murdoch’s salary is not keeping up with inflation. Poor dear.

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Media briefs: ABC staff turn poetic … swanning about … crybaby liberals …

ABC staff circulate a petition to save programs facing the axe, including Lateline. And other media tidbits for the day.

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Costs add up after fresh phone hacking revelations

British publishing company Trinity Mirror has admitted liability after a number of accusations of phone hacking, and one of its reporters had close ties to News Corp.

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Tips and rumours

Adele Ferguson and The Oz … Dispatches from Korea … Murdoch’s opinions on page three girls …

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Media briefs: Fairfax suitors pt 2 … iHype … Expoosive …

Apple release day means every tech company worth its salt is taking out the laundry. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: Fairfax mergers… Murdochrisy … Shine deal? …

If Fairfax is about to merge, why isn’t the sharemarket more excited? And other media tidbits of the day.

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News Corp leak points to systemic problems, say business experts

Legal threats and bluster only made things worse for News Corp in the face of Crikey’s investigation, SmartCompany deputy editor Eloise Keating reports.

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How long can News Corp keep up the juggling act?

News Corp has been able to shelter its financial health thanks to some wily tax planning, but if the company is finally compelled to swing the axe, Amplify will be the first to go. Glenn Dyer and Paddy Manning report.

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What’s Team Australia’s strategy?

Crikey readers talk the Abbott government and the Murdoch press.

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Are News’ Australian newspapers really doing better than last year?

News Corp executives have continually dismissed Crikey’s explosive revelation that things were not so peachy in 2012-13 with the assertion that 2013-14 was the year it all turned around. But a look through this year’s report suggests that might not be so …

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Bill Shorten and the News Corp method of blackmail

The threat to Bill Shorten from unproven rape allegations may lie as much in them not being used against him as in any media smear campaigns.

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News Corp’s rivers of gold drying up

Once upon a time newspapers could almost print money off the back of classified advertising. But although classies still accounted for a large slice of News Corp’s revenue in 2012-13, the rivers of gold are much shallower than they used to be.

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How The Australian was protected from the cuts

Secret documents reveal News Corp is bleeding money, with The Australian in the worst shape. But Rupert’s favourite plaything seems to have been inoculated against the staff and budget cuts that hit the company’s other assets. Paddy Manning and Myriam Robin report.

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News Corp cut one in eight newspaper jobs in 2012-13

While Fairfax has been slammed for its vast number of journalist redundancies, News Corp has kept the scale of its bloodletting under wraps. But Crikey can exclusively reveal the extent of the cuts is just as severe as at Fairfax.

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Exclusive docs show News’ Australian papers dragging down the empire

Leaked documents show a forest of brackets in News Corp’s Australian newspapers, with The Australian particularly in the red. How long can the house that Rupert built sustain such body blows?

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‘We know where we’re going’: Murdoch calms the horses on Time Warner bid

All anyone wanted to talk about at the Fox briefing was the Time Warner bid, Crikey business writers Glenn Dyer and Paddy Manning report.

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Media briefs: Baz v the Oz … Gannett splits … outbreak …

The Australian gets suckered by a fake Twitter account. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Abbott had Murdoch’s ear before PPL bombshell — but papers did not fall in line

Abbott told Murdoch about his paid parental leave scheme before he told anyone else — not that you’d know it from the coverage in News Corp papers.

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A gerrymander to make Sir Joh proud: how the Time Warner deal would cement the Murdoch clan

What happens next is difficult to predict as Time Warner offer dwarfs all other bids in Murdoch’s acquisition history.

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