Same story, two very different headlines: Check out The Australian and The SMH‘s coverage of Prime Minister Rudd’s NATO negotiations today.

The Australian, print edition headline to Dennis Shanahan’s story:

“Europe ready to share Afghan burden after Rudd’s call”

and online:

“NATO rallies to Rudd’s Afghan call”

and at The Sydney Morning Herald, courtesy of AAP?

“Rudd fails to get NATO support”

complete with an aghast PM:

 
Caption: Lukewarm response … Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Can somebody tell us the real story please?

OK! Magazine recycles 2003 photo for Britney’s weight loss cover. This week’s OK! Magazine cover features a photograph of Britney Spears with the headline, “Britney Lost 15 Lbs in Just 4 Weeks!” and a subhead, “Back to her old body with the miracle food that sheds weight fast.” Back to her old body, indeed. The image OK! uses to show Britney’s transformation is actually from a 2003 photo shoot for Glamour’s Women of the Year issue. — The Huffington Post

It’s quittin’ time at The Wall Street Journal. Good newspaper jobs are hard to come by these days, but you wouldn’t know it from the way people are ditching the ones they have at The Wall Street Journal – and, in some cases, leaving behind journalism altogether. — Portfolio.com

Media narcissism fuels obsession with Murdoch’s (alleged) political influence. More proof, as if any were needed, that the media – the non-Murdoch media, that is – are obsessed with Rupert Murdoch’s supposed political power. The New York Times devotes a full-length article musing on Murdoch’s political loyalties. So does today’s Guardian, as does The Independent. — Roy Greenslade

Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: Home and Away was tops with Kate Ritchie’s departure attracting 1.502 million people. She’s finally gone. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares was next with 1.479 million. Seven News was third with 1.299 million and Today Tonight was next with 1.253 million. The Footy Shows were 5th with 1.186 million from 9.30pm and Nine News was 6th with 1.180 million, just in front of A Current Affair with 1.155 million. Seven’s How I Met Your Mother averaged 1.106 million at 8pm and The Biggest Loser averaged 1.078 million at 7pm for Ten. Getaway wandered into 10th with 1.077 million and The 7pm ABC News made the 11th and final spot on the million viewer list with 1.034 million viewers. Seven’s Ghost Whisperer averaged 923,000 at 8.30pm, Seven’s Samantha Who?, 883,000 at 7.30pm. Home And Away had the biggest audience in any market in Sydney with 488,000. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares was next with 486,000 in Melbourne, with The AFL Footy Show on 460,000 in Melbourne as well.

The Losers: Saving Kids on Ten at 8pm; 751,000, Medium on Ten 9.30pm, 665,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne and Today Tonight did likewise. Nine News lifted over 300,000 viewers in Sydney. Ten News At Five averaged 769,000 and the Late News/Sports Tonight 378,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 898,000, Lateline, 264,000, Lateline Business, 137,000. Nine’s Nightline, 498,000. World News Australia on SBS, 165,000 at 6.30pm and 243,000 at 9.30pm. 7am Sunrise, 370,000, 7am Today, 258,000.

The Stats: Nine won 6pm to midnight with a share of 31.9% (30.0%) from Seven with 26.6% (27.1%), Ten with 20.1% (21.6%), the ABC with 16.2% (16.7%) and SBS with 5.2% (4.6%). Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Seven won Brisbane and Perth. Seven leads the week 28.0% to 27.9%. Close! In regional areas a win for Nine with WIN? NBN on 32.0%, Prime/7Qld on 27.4%, Southern Cross (Ten) on 21.5%, the ABC with 14.3% and SBS with 4.9%. According to Fusion Strategy, Nine won the 6pm to 10.30pm with 25.74% (20.67%) last year which was Easter Thursday). Seven was next with 23.02% (25.55%); Ten was third with 17.43% (19.62%), Pay TV was on 14.42% (12.69%), the ABC, 14.95% (17.08%) and SBS was on 4.45% (4.39%).

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Today Tonight took aim at Nine’s new Wednesday night program about being a child star and scored enough hits to force Nine to gag everyone associated with it, including the parents. While generating free publicity for what is an appalling program. We will see next Wednesday night at 7.30pm. A Current Affair ran an interesting bit of self promotion for a survivor of the death of The Bulletin. It was cross promotion for the re-appearance of David Hazlehurst’s The Speculator column in an ACP Magazine. In fact it was one of the more blatant plugs ACP has done for a while. And over the weekend? Lots of AFL/NRL. Seven tomorrow night looks interesting with the Michael Palin thing on Europe and Lewis, which has been switched from Wednesday nights where it did well against Underbelly. Saturday night will decide the week.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports.