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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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‘A lost cause’: is The Australian really Canberra’s most influential paper?

Anyone who’s anyone in Canberra reads The Australian. But that doesn’t mean the paper is as influential as it says it is.

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Mal Turnbull so camera-shy at Rupert’s party

The Australian celebrated its 50th birthday with a gala dinner in Sydney — but why was Turnbull so shy, and where was Ken Cowley? Crikey stood outside to get the goss.

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Don’t lower the minimum wage

Crikey readers talk youth unemployment and The Australian’s so-called objectivity.

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Watchdog or attack dog? The Australian at 50

Australia’s only nationwide broadsheet turns 50 today. Former Australian media writers Matthew Ricketson and Andrew Dodd take a look at the vendettas it has pursued over the years.

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Tips and rumours

Party-watch at The Australian … why Fairfax management discovered the Twitter … time to tweet Jesus! …

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Media briefs: Sun shines … paywall blues … Press Council ruling …

The Age is in a bit of hot water with the Press Council over the precise definition of the word “said”. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: carbon copy … Murdoch’s win … Sawyer signs off …

Only one major daily in Australia had no mention of Clive Palmer’s climate change bombshell on its front page this morning. Guess which one? Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Don’t cry over illegal downloads

Crikey readers have their say on internet piracy.

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When good bankers go bad

Crikey readers have their say on FOFA reforms, Rupert Murdoch’s tweets and the age of parliamentarians.

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Chris Mitchell, happy to remain anonymous, peeks out of the shadows

Man of mystery Chris Mitchell has made a rare public appearance at an event in Sydney. The editor-in-chief of The Oz defended his paper’s campaigning journalism and explained why he uses Twitter to keep an eye on his staff

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What we will lose if we destroy the public broadcaster

The ABC is under threat, with the cuts announced in the budget likely to be the tip of the iceberg. ABC journalist and public broadcasting advocate Quentin Dempster warns Coalition MPs to be careful what they wish for: a Murdoch monopoly won’t be all they hoped.

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MIA: one Communications Minister

Crikey readers talk the Liberals’ economic policy, who should own our media, and where in the world Malcolm Turnbull might be.

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Media briefs: News loves News … wordless columns … counting up to 86%

Rupert Murdoch is a visionary, says his employee. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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