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Rupert sells voting shares — is this a Lachlan bailout?

Why has Rupert Murdoch taken the unusual step of selling over $100 million worth of his voting shares in 21st Century Fox? Crikey founder Stephen Mayne and business commentator Glenn Dyer explain.

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Media briefs: Jones is back … mix-up at AFR … the Murdoch challenger …

How’d you like (at least) three more years of Alan Jones? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: why sell Ten … Seven’s exec reshuffle … iSentia wins content-harvesting licence …

The Ten Network conducts a “Dutch auction”. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: Foxtel’s play for Ten … Ron Swanson the bureaucrat .. digital ad spend …

Ron Swanson’s American ideal is a pipe dream. And other media tidbits of the day.

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The Ten-Foxtel deal should be blocked

The media regulator should block the Foxtel-Ten deal as it would deliver control of the free-to-air network to News Corp, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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How much of the Murdoch agenda has the government delivered?

The government is well on the way to delivering the Murdochs what they want in media policy, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Media briefs: Bolt watch … Peppa won’t fry … Rebekah Brooks bound for Oz? …

Andrew Bolt crunches the numbers on our climate-obsessed journos. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: digging The Beast … deal-mania … dirty deeds …

The Daily Beast comes out roaring, Seinfeld pays a visit to Parliament and other media tidbits for the day.

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Would John Malone help out a Murdoch by buying Ten? Don’t count on it

Old feuds and buried hatreds cement Ten Network’s reputation as a poisoned chalice.

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Tips and rumours

It’s getting awkward between Ten and News Corp … Young Labor’s conference split … George Mega v News over ‘ethnic’ claim …

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One out of Ten: pessimism on ads, but cash to build programming

Ten bosses are trying to stay optimistic about their chances of clawing back revenue — at least according to the network’s latest results.

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Media feeding frenzy? The mergers — or not — from regulatory change

In the past, relaxation of media ownership regulations has led to a flurry of deals. However, the current dismal market could dissuade the major players from snapping up the competition.

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Removal of ‘two out of three’ ain’t bad for News Corp

A move to to amend media ownership restrictions would be a positive for News Corp, but the ACCC might yet be a hurdle, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Rinehart a no-show as Ten telecasts its financial woes

There was no sign of Ten’s most high-profile shareholder, nor was there any good news.

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The ABC v the Murdochs: your guide to the battlefields

The ABC and the Murdoch family are competing in a number of media, and the ABC keeps winning. That’s why News Corp is attacking the ABC, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Tips and rumours

Journos move gigs … spotlight on new senators … Michelle Grattan in biscuit faux pas …

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Regional news a pawn as networks war over reform

Commitments on regional news are just one tactic as Nine tries to persuade the government to drop the key obstacle between it and a merger, while Ten tries to block it.

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Media briefs: Manning ‘quits’ … Age journos benched … Ten’s licence …

Fairfax journo Paddy Manning has resigned after writing an article for Crikey criticising his employe

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Lachlan’s ordinary day: shocking Ten results, DMG stations steady

The Ten Network has reported a loss of close to $300 million as the group pays the price for dud programming in late 2012.

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Conroy’s ‘quick and dirty’ committee to rule on media marriages

The “perfunctory” committee established to investigate Stephen Conroy’s media reforms is unlikely to get media industry unanimity, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Dance of the moguls threatens to leave Ten on its lonesome

Speculation about media tie-ups reflects the agenda of the players involved. And that’s before the dance music even starts. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane on who’ll be left without a partner.

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Media briefs: Boland to Ten … Guardian jobs … Pope’s lift-off …

Adam Boland heads from Seven to Ten, but faces an uphill battle. Read more on today’s media gossip here.

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Under Murdoch, Ten sprays bullets in all directions

The Ten Network is in deep despair with an enormous job for new CEO Hamish McLennan ahead. So why is the company firing off legal letters around commentary of its woes?

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If Lachlan wasn’t a Murdoch, he’d be gone from Ten

With the Ten Network in the doldrums and solutions thin on the floor of the AGM yesterday, time’s up for chairman Lachlan Murdoch. He’s just not up to the task.

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Talking TV turkeys: Ten’s failure won for the books

The 2012 television ratings year — which finished over the weekend — produced some unmemorable bombs. But there was no bigger turkey than Lachlan Murdoch’s Ten Network.

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