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Follow Crikey’s latest coverage of The Australian. Crikey’s The Australian coverage includes independent news, blogs and commentary.


What really happened with Operation Neath

Crikey readers have their say about NIMBYism, development and The Australian’s account of how it handled Operation Neath.

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How News Corp’s pursuit of ASIO made life harder for journalists

Once upon a time News Corp was not an unquestioning cheerleader for the government. And its overreach led to the current overly restrictive national security legislation, explains lawyer and former government adviser Marcus Priest.

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Children draw Paul Kelly’s Escalator of Decline

The Australian writer Paul Kelly has invoked the image of the “escalator of decline”. What is this escalator? Where is it going? Crikey’s junior readers give us their take.

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Tips and rumours

ABC News intern speaks … Tom Elliott still doesn’t know how to internet … UTS journos and News …

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‘They don’t control us’: Disney takes on News

If the price of maintaining News Corp’s support is that the Press Council can’t be effective, it’s not worth having the money, the chairman of the Press Council told Crikey.

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Media briefs: poachings at Guardian, Oz … costly ads … Hartcher dunked …

New faces at Guardian Australia and the Oz, as well as other media tidbits of the day.

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Vindictive, self-serving tosh: the Oz v the Press Council a phoney war

They sky is not falling, and the Australian media world will continue to turn despite News Corp picking a fight with the Press Council.

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The Oz’s attacks on the Press Council put media freedom at risk

The Australian’s editorials have mused about leaving the Press Council, but News Corp can’t officially do so without four years’ notice. It could, however, gut the watchdog by undermining its authority. And that may well be the strategy …

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Media briefs: Disney abstains … exclusive watch … Blair unrepentant …

Press Council chair Julian Disney will no longer participate in complaints involving News Corp. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Chris Kenny, barista? How The Australian can become profitable

A business that’s losing money should cut costs, cut wages, make hard choices and let the market decide, right? Let’s see The Australian practise what it preaches, writes a senior economics commentator.

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Crikey’s intrepid reporter meets the News Corp CEO

Julian Clarke had “a very interesting day” yesterday — and today was gracious enough to speak to a Crikey reporter without throwing anything.

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Media briefs: Kate’s prophesy … fashion victims … Economist cures haemorrhoids …

Kate McClymont did say this would happen. And other media tidbits of the day.

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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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Media briefs: News v Palmer (again) … Lambo … ACMA rules against Laws

The Oz and Clive Palmer battle continues. And other media tidbits of the day.

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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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Media briefs: print woes… Serious Charge … meet the Spectators …

The Age sells has lost 20% of its circulation in a year. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: the Oz hearts the SMH … Snowden the patriot … Jezebel wins …

The Oz continues to hate on the Press Council. And other media tid-bits of the day.

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Rundle: sorry, Nick Cater, your ‘individualistic’ Australia is nonsense

Nick Cater’s spin on the 18C debacle in yesterday’s Oz is the latest fascinating study in magical thinking from the Right.

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Surveillance advocates hit us with their best shot

The advocates for data retention have now had an opportunity to put their case, and they’ve failed to offer anything credible.

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Media briefs: Press Council v the OzJezebel and the pornbots … RIP Robin Williams …

Should media outlets pay any attention to the Jihadi PR machine? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Smelling an adverse ruling, The Australian turns on Press Council

The Australian has turned its particular brand of venom on Julian Disney, chair of the Press Council. Former Media Watch executive producer David Salter writes that self-regulation of the press is clearly no regulation at all.

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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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‘I hit back and told people to get fucked’: Mike Carlton explains why he quit

Former Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton says the decision to suspend him came from Fairfax metro chief Sean Aylmer, who overruled Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir.

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