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


Mayne: media go berserk as Vic Labor effectively closes the East West file

The tabloids have been crucifying Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, without giving any of the straightforward answers on the East West road project and future public infrastructure.

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Tips and rumours

The IPA has another win … is Julia Gillard a pirate? … Turnbull’s throwback Thursday …

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Pyne’s sleepless nights ahead of 2016 election as Xenophon soars

Tony Abbott’s Coalition is losing footing in former Liberal strongholds. And the party’s stocks in South Australia just keep on sliding, posing serious problems for one colourful frontbencher.

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Subs dropping at The Oz … pay to listen to your boss … Pyne a man of letters …

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Media briefs: AFR goes up and up … REA on REA … Netflix v Viacom …

The Global Mail seems gone for good. And other media tidbits of the day.

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The Oz continues to digest Biz Spec, as Kohler’s end date nears

In a little over a year, Alan Kohler will have completed his four-year commitment to News Corp. He’ll hand over the reins before then, as Business Spectator is absorbed into The Australian.

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How the Western media supports terrorism

Daesh supporters post gruesome photographs on social media to spread propaganda. And the Western media have been very willing to help out with that.

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Media briefs: AFR v Press Council … selfiegeddon … Ten’s leaks …

The Press Council does battle with the AFR… and other media tidbits of the day.

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Tips and rumours

Who is Gloria and why did she take out a full page ad in The Oz? And other tips of the day …

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Media briefs: naked truth … do paywalls pay … traitors in the ranks …

The Australian has said The Guardian is losing money because it is free. The Guardian’s readership numbers tell a different story. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: News to Mediacom … wishful thinking … RIP Sam Simon …

The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon passes away age 59. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Women’s work: why are there so few female editors in Australia?

Good news! Crikey has found there are twice as many female editors of print publications than there were two years ago. But there’s some bad news as well …

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A back-of-the-envelope intergenerational report on print media

How will sales of The Australian Financial Review and The Australian look in 13 years? Let’s do the sums, with as much rigour as Joe Hockey applied to his much-touted IGR …

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New Press Council chief offers News Corp olive branch

For much of its 40-year history, the Press Council has been overly adversarial in how it approaches the media, its new chairman tells Crikey.

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Beecher: Tony Abbott’s fate lies in this man’s hands

The most powerful man in Australian politics is not an elected politician. It’s Chris Mitchell, editor-in-chief of The Australian.

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Media Watch watch: should targets get the right of reply?

The ABC’s flagship media show has changed in recent years, to become less commentary and more journalistic in tone. And a former executive producer says that’s down to a certain blue heeler …

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Rundle: we are watching the throes of a dying govt, and it is so good

Like Howard in 2007, Abbott is politically dead — he just doesn’t seem to have noticed yet.

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Chapman: sorry, Gerard, I actually am an authority on health

University of Sydney Professor of Public Health Simon Chapman hits back at his fans in The Australian.

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Media briefs: no apology but here’s a loan … republishing press releases … Dateline scores …

Darren Goodsir refuses to apologise to the Oz. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Press Council slams the Oz, but Mitchell’s having none of it

The ongoing war between the national broadsheet and the press council heats up — not that The Oz’s editor-in-chief is worried.

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Print circulation circling the drain: is it time for drastic measures?

Australian newspapers are losing more and more revenue from their declining print circulations. When will publishers say enough is enough and take steps to staunch the bleeding? Glenn Dyer and Myriam Robin report.

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Mayne: Rupert says good night, sweet prince

News Corp columnists keep telling us that Murdoch is no control freak — so why are they so reluctant to criticise their boss?

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Why the Oz called Colleen McCullough fat and ugly in her obituary

The Australian’s deeply insulting obituary for Australian novelist Colleen McCullough brought the newspaper international condemnation. So why on Earth was it published?

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Why the Oz called Colleen McCullough fat and ugly in her obituary

An unnamed (and deceased) obituary writer has been handed the blame by those within the newspaper.

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Tips and rumours

Just who is the nation’s best media writer? … 3AW caller has a Liberal history … is someone coming for Jason “orgasms” Wood? …

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