Given that we’ve regularly criticised the Fin Review in the past for not coming out when the ASX is open for business, the plan over the next two weeks at Crikey is to rigidly stick to a “when the markets are open we’re open” approach.

That means subscribers can expect one edition a day on every week day over the silly season except the following public holidays when the ASX is closed:

Monday, Dec 27
Tuesday, Dec 28
Monday, Jan 3

We’re not planning any Sunday editions for the next three weeks.

The big question now is which other media outlets, like The AFR, are taking excessive holidays or ripping off their subscribers.

It is not too late for The AFR to provide a proper service in return for the $700-plus a year they gouge for subscriptions. Why don’t you email the paper at edletters@mail.fairfax.com.au and suggest the paper follow a “when the markets are open” approach. How will The AFR’s publishing schedule compare to the newly printed in Australia Financial Times?

There are also plenty of magazines taking time over over Summer. The Reader and The Bulletin both don’t come back for four weeks and then you have television holidays which are even longer.

Media Watch seems to only run for about 9 months a year and Kerry O’Brien has already been off for two weeks, although at least The 7.30 Report does continue with a summer edition fronted by Maxine McKew. Lateline, by comparison, just disappears and Tony Jones finished up on December 1 so he could enjoy himself at The Walkleys on December 2 and allow Maxine McKew to close out the year until December 3.

Lateline will be back on February 7 so that amounts to a 10 week break. How does that compare with the likes of 60 Minues and the Sunday morning programs?

AM was on air as usual this morning, but we’ve now lost The World Today for the rest of the year.

Crikey’s various radio spots used to continue through much of the silly season but this year they all finished on Tuesday, December 14, so there will be no Crikey spot on ABC Tassie, Melbourne or Sydney until mid-January at the earliest.

Send in your thoughts and explanations to boss @crikey.com.au as this will make for an interesting list to track.

Even worse in the regions

Regional television “news” services from Prime and TEN in central Victoria went into recess a couple of weeks ago. The stations supply a threadbare amount of local content, mostly ripped from the pages of the daily newspaper, and simply read it on air under the guise of “updates” to satisfy the ABA requirements.

But they only do it for 46 weeks of the year. It seems regional news only happend during this time.

Not good enough!

Peter