Ramadge ambushed. Age editor Paul Ramadge agreed to appear with ABC Melbourne’s Jon Faine for his regular Wednesday media segment this morning, little suspecting that the fans and foes of Age columnist-in-exile Catherine Deveney were lying in wait. Listen here.
Everyone’s a winner (maybe). Lost your job due to the current financial crisis? Sunday evening’s Channel Seven News has the solution. Just gamble your life savings on the pokies, scratchies and Powerball. Problem solved!
Makes you wonder why Seven’s David Koch persists with his regular money saving tips.
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Love bus beat up. The Sunday Night program on Channel Seven on March 15 ran a “boy seeks girl/girl seeks boy” story. The premise of the yarn was that a group of girls from Coutts Crossing (not sure of population, but not many) in Northern NSW didn’t have enough men in their town and group of men from Nar Nar Goon (pop 1000) in Victoria didn’t have enough women. So Sunday Night sent a busload of women a couple of thousand kilometres from CC to NNG seeking love. Why didn’t the girls just hire their own bus and go 17km up the road to Grafton (pop 17,000) and have a good night on the lookout? And likewise why didn’t the men of NNG travel 12 km up the road to Pakenham (pop 20,000) in search of missing love. It was a real beat up along the lines of Farmer Wants A Wife by the busload. As Mike Munro can attest. Never let the obvious spoil a good story.
Boob puns at the Canberra Times:
Merging Sydney’s local papers. Announced to staff of the Mosman Daily, North Shore Times and Northside Courier that they will be merging all three offices into one straight after Easter. Their new office will be located in North Sydney where it appears obvious that these community newspapers (in time) will be amalgamated into the one publication. Just as interesting will be what happens to the Manly Daily as many are predicting a 4:1 paper ratio or more rock, paper and scissors management skills. — anonymous tip sent to Crikey
Waive your moral rights at New Ltd. As a layperson, I am just a little puzzled at the Terms and Conditions that I must adhere to when I post an online Letter to the Editor of my local Cumberland Press (News Ltd) rag The Hornsby Advocate. I can understand that when “contributing content” I “grant News a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual license to publish that content”. I do not understand why I have to agree that “News can use that content in any way, now and in the future”. I would object to editing of my contribution in such a “way” as to misconstrue the content or the meaning of my contribution, or to take it out of context.
I must also “warrant that [I] have all of the necessary rights, including copyright, in the content [I] contribute, that [my] content is not defamatory and that it does not infringe any law”. Surely, it is the responsibility of the editor to ensure that the content of The Hornsby Advocate “is not defamatory and that it does not infringe any law”. The editor is the professional with the expertise. The editor surely reserves the right and uses his professional judgment whether to use my ‘contribution’ or not.
After I have agreed that my contribution is not defamatory or does not breach any law, I must “indemnify News against any and all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred”, and if this is found not to be the case, I must “waive any moral rights in [my] contribution for the purposes of its submission to and publication on the Site”.
What on earth does “waive any moral right” mean? — Crikey reader Ailie Bruins
Crikey notes that the terms and conditions of letter submissions appear to be the same at all News Ltd publications. Fairfax does not appear to have a similar set of terms and conditions.
Della Bosca sues over Iguanagate stories. NSW Health Minister John Della Bosca is suing Nationwide News Pty Ltd for depicting him as “drunk, abusive and threatening” in its coverage of the so-called Iguanagate scandal. Mr Della Bosca was in political exile for nearly three months after he and his wife, federal Labor MP Belinda Neal, became involved in an argument with staff at Central Coast nightclub Iguanas Waterfront on June 6 last year. Mr Della Bosca is now suing Nationwide News over a series of Iguanagate articles published in The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. — Sydney Morning Herald
The invisible mogul: meeting James Murdoch. James Murdoch is both famous and little-known. He is Rupert’s son and likely heir, he is the boss of four newspaper editors and he is still only 36. One day, when Rupert Murdoch (now 77) finally gives up the ghost, his younger son will probably take control of the rest of the News Corp empire too. While other media-owning families, like the Sulzbergers and the Bancrofts, either wobble or walk away, the Murdochs march on. James is Citizen Kane in waiting. — More Intelligent Life
Twitter now growing at a staggering 1,382 percent. The latest numbers from Nielsen Online indicate that Twitter grew 1,382% year-over-year in February, registering a total of just more than 7 million unique visitors in the US for the month. Not only is that huge growth in one year, but in one month as well, as in January, Twitter.com clocked in with 4.5 million unique visitors in the US, meaning the service grew by more than 50 percent month-over-month. — Mashable
Apparently, dishonestly rewriting history is perfectly acceptable at Fox now. Fox News’s Martha MacCallum introduced a segment highlighting Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Christina Romer’s claim yesterday that the “fundamentals of the economy are sound.” “After weeks of economic doom and gloom, the Obama administration is now singing a slightly different tune,” MacCallum said. She then played clips of Romer and other administration officials making seemingly positive comments about the current state of the economy. One of the clips was of Vice President Biden saying, “The fundamentals of the economy are strong!” The Biden statement was actually from last September — during the presidential campaign — when he was quoting Sen. John McCain. — Think Progress