One of these things is not like the others. Business… Yahoo style.

Egregious. My little sister is an emo punk and she wears a dress just like this one, except somehow teamed with a bleach blonde mohawk and black eyeliner, the effect is less Little House on the Prairie and more hardcore. From last nights’s Channel Ten News, Kathryn Robinson evokes American pioneer chic:

SMH on Twitter. As an ABC employee, I found the following figures reported in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald “Join the Twitterati” absolutely hilarious:

Australian twitterers lag behind in adoption. At the time of writing only Tourism Queensland had scraped together 1000 followers. Sky News was the largest media organisation with fewer than 500 followers, while The Age was the largest newspaper at 250. KevinRuddPM has a presence with almost 6000 followers, but updates are posted by an aide rather than the man himself.

The ABC has nearly 100 twitter accounts, including:

@abcnews with 3525 followers

@774melbourne had around 220 followers at 1pm on Saturday… it now has 1176 followers due to fire updates and related information.

@abcunleashed with 403 followers

@breakfastnews with 703 followers

As the K-Rudd figure is still accurate this article probably wasn’t penned that long ago! — Crikey reader Victoria Till [Not to gloat, but Crikey would like to point out that our excellent Twitter feed @crikey_news has 861 followers — not quite at @abcnews’s level just yet, but well surpassing those cited in the article. Just saying.]

Radio school wars. The Australian’s Media Section on Monday saw a job at the school advertised that has got the commercial radio industry upset. The AFTRS wants a head of radio, and seeing commercial radio contributes much of the cost, it expected the criteria for the new head of school would at least mention commercial radio skills. It didn’t. Commercial radio was mentioned, in the preamble for the ad. The criteria didn’t mention the sector, leading to fears that the school is looking for someone from a public broadcasting background. Such as Sue Howard.

Former ABC executive and now Sydney head hunter, Julie Steiner is doing the search for the AFTRS. This from the website of Braithwaite Steiner Pretty confirms that Steiner’s firm found Levy for the AFTRS. They should know each other: Ms Steiner is a former head of ABC Enterprises.

Here’s the job ad from the AFTRS website. Some in commercial radio reckon the job description should have mentioned the main funders and source of jobs for the AFTRS graduates from the radio course. They hope for the best, but fear this might be a gig for Sue Howard, who left the ABC before Christmas. She was head of ABC Radio. Ms Howard is on the record with her former ABC employee mates as not being interested in moving to Sydney. — Glenn Dyer

UK TV execs take pay freeze. Would our commercial and Pay TV executives be game enough to follow this lead from ITV in the UK where the UK’s major commercial Free To Air TV network has announced that its s freezing the pay of its senior executives as the downturn in the advertising market puts increases. All full-time employees who earn more than £60,000, about 10% of all staff, will not be entitled to a pay rise this year. (That’s equal to $A130,000 at current exchange rates). A year ago it would have been considerably less. So, what are the chances of David Leckie (Seven), David Gyngell Nine) and Grant Blackley (Ten) and their senior executives following suit? — Glenn Dyer

Collins looks to Bebo generation for ‘piff’ ideas for new dictionary. Anyone over 21 might struggle on Bebo, the social networking site that’s as popular with UK teens as Facebook is with office workers. Maybe you’re being mugged, but plenty of Bebo’s users think the bare piff words on the website are totally seen. For the first time, publisher HarperCollins has teamed up with Bebo to tap some of that “youth juice”, calling on the social networking site’s audience of more than 10 million UK web users to suggest cool slang words for the next edition of the Collins English Dictionary. They are just asking to be messed with. — The Guardian

Google cuts off its big-media dreams. Like Napoleon marching into an abandoned Moscow, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have led Google’s advance into traditional advertising only to find nothing to loot. Now begins Google’s long imperial retreat, starting with 40 layoffs. Susan Wojcicki, the millionaire sister-in-law of Brin who also holds a management role in the company, announced the job cuts in a blog post, as she laid out plans for Google to exit the business of brokering radio ads, a business it entered in 2006 when it bought dMarc Broadcasting for $102 million. — Gawker

Repectable yankee news organisation tries to distance itself from Fox. American public broadcaster NPR has requested their outspoken political reporter Juan Williams cease identifying himself with them when appearing on controversial conservative Fox program The O’Reilly Factor. “Williams brings a valuable viewpoint to NPR. Sometimes it is that of an African-American, but it is also that of someone with a long track record of covering politics. Some think he is a conservative because he’s on Fox. Others think Fox uses him as a liberal voice because, whether true or not, a perception exists that NPR is liberal. But in the end, NPR must decide whether giving its listeners the benefit of Williams’ voice is worth the cost of annoying some listeners for his work on Fox.” — NPR

In DC media, newspapers sink, niche outlets swim. The interests of the paranoid and the preservers of the free press are converging: Mainstream media’s coverage of Washington, DC, has shrunk to the point where big stories are being left uncovered. Meanwhile, more “niche” media outlets are moving in, but catering to the interests of the wealthy few. That’s the essence of a 28-page report from the Project for Excellence in Journalism, which says that the number of journalists covering DC at the beginning of the Obama administration “is not so much smaller as it is dramatically transformed.” — Reuter’s MediaFile

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