So Jessica Rowe didn’t get dumped afterall. The Sydney Daily Telegraph didn’t clarify or correct its wrong report from Monday morning that newsreader Jessica Rowe had been “Dumped again” to quote the Page 1 pointer (This is where we admit Crikey recycled the story in Media Briefs yesterday — Oops).

Obviously the lunch at an expensive Sydney Italian restaurant on Friday in the Eastern Suburbs between David Leckie, Seven’s CEO and Annette Sharp, the just-appointed editor of the Tele‘s Confidential page, didn’t get the point across.

Perhaps Ms Sharp had her attention diverted at an important moment by the appearance of Mr Billy Joel, the American piano player and singer, who adopted the eatery, Bon Ricordo, while performing in the city last week.

After the Rowe story appeared, Seven said in a statement that Seven Network said that: “Nothing has changed with Jessica.” A statement said that far from not having her contract not renewed, Ms Rowe “has been on a freelance agreement for most of this year following her commitment to Dancing with the Stars and Seven News, and that agreement continues.”

“She’s actually here with us today. Selecting wardrobe for her return on-air next week.”

The lunch between Ms Sharp and Mr Leckie had obviously been set up to try and improve relations between the network and the Tele writer, who had been poached from Fairfax and didn’t know how to use her contacts. — Glenn Dyer

Headline of the day:

Reuters strikes deal with US political website Politico. Reuters has teamed up with the US political website Politico to benefit from the group’s news coverage of US politics, Congress, lobbying and the White House. The initiative will mean that more than 120 Washington-based journalists will be reporting full-time for Reuters and Politico by the time president-elect Barack Obama takes office in January. There are currently 30 Politico journalists reporting in Washington. In return, Politico will offer a broad selection of Reuters news to its 60 newspaper and 40 broadcasting partners under a revenue-sharing agreement. Under the contract, any media company can join the enhanced network in exchange for allowing Politico to sell online advertising on their site. The Guardian

Social media predictions 2009. Community and collaboration are wonderful things. Fourteen great minds on social media have shared thoughts on what 2009 may have in store for us. Here’s some of what they’re thinking… — Being Peter Kim

Out on my limb: Predictions for 2009. No other newspaper companies will file for bankruptcy. Several cities, besides Denver, that today still have multiple daily newspapers will become single-newspaper towns. Google will not buy the New York Times Company, or any other media property. Google is smart enough to stick with its business, which is organizing information, not generating content. On the other hand, Amazon may decide that they are in the content business… There will be a mini-dotcom bust, featuring closings or fire sales of numerous web enterprises launched on the model of “generate traffic now, monetize later.” — News after Newspapers

Journal steps in Net neutrality hornet’s nest. Admittedly, the Net neutrality issue is complex, both technically and as a legal/policy matter. But it’s precisely the sort of topic that the Wall Street Journal is supposed to get right. And both key subjects of a story on net neutrality published yesterday, Google and Lessig, have now stepped forward to say that the story is simply wrong. — Word Yard

Marie Claire bedbug infestation. Bedbugs aren’t just for dirty hovels like Fox News. The filthy bloodsuckers have allegedly infested the very flower of our national womanhood — the offices of Marie Claire. Marie Claire magazine in the brand new Hearst Tower was infested by bed bugs on Friday, courtesy of a fashion intern. Employees in the affected area were sent home on Friday. Over the weekend, total fumigation of the floor. Will it appear in the reality show they’ve been filming up there?! The girls were acting like they’d contracted HIV.” — Gawker

News you can lose. There are many possible futures one can imagine for them, from becoming foundation-run nonprofits to relying on reader donations to that old standby the deep-pocketed patron. It’s even possible that a few papers will be able to earn enough money online to make the traditional ad-supported strategy work. But it would not be shocking if, sometime soon, there were big American cities that had no local newspaper; more important, we’re almost sure to see a sharp decline in the volume and variety of content that newspapers collectively produce. For a while now, readers have had the best of both worlds: all the benefits of the old, high-profit regime — intensive reporting, experienced editors, and so on — and the low costs of the new one. But that situation can’t last. Soon enough, we’re going to start getting what we pay for, and we may find out just how little that is. — The New Yorker

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