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


Mayne: why is the Oz spinning for an overpaid and underworked Rinehart?

Gina Rinehart’s abysmal attendance record at Ten Network board meetings has been conveniently omitted from the glowing coverage of her in The Australian.

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Oz v AFR: Why News Corp thinks it’s winning the battle for business readers

If Fairfax blinks, News Corp could corner a national monopoly on business news. Circulation figures show why The Australian has moved on the AFR’s turf.

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The Oz takes fight to the Fin (again) with beefed-up business section

The Australian is betting on business, with its new section designed to kick Fairfax’s Financial Review where it counts.

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On folk devils and the Oz‘s circle of confected outrage

The Australian is trying to whip up a moral panic against “activist journalists” and journalism academics. University of Canberra associate professor Glen Fuller explains why.

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Tips and rumours

What happens with four news bosses on a panel … the full letter The Oz didn’t publish … war memorial doco with added Brits

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Media briefs: SBS warns staff … News on Palmer … out-Chanticleering the Fin

Clive Palmer’s launched News on News, and it’s a little disappointing. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Surprise, the Oz wrong on global warming (again)

The recent argument that the 2-degree limit cannot be translated into emission goals and budgets is unconvincing and demonstrates a deep ignorance of modern scientific developments, write climate scientists Bill Hare, Michiel Schaeffer and Carl-Friedrich Schleussner.

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Media briefs: Clare on community TV … Grey Lady cuts … ISIS began here? …

Labor doesn’t mind community TV being kicked off the airwaves — it just says they need more time. And other media tidbits of the day.

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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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