Footy Show fail. Bad news in the second 2009 outing for the Nine Network’s Footy Shows: audiences fell sharply for both the NRL and AFL programs. The programs averaged 883,000 viewers, down more than 200,000 or around 20% on the 1.097 million for week one last week. The NRL program in Sydney fell to 301,000 from 294,000 and was beaten in the first hour by the ABC’s Q&A which averaged 233,000 viewers in Sydney. the NRL program in Brisbane fell to 155,000 from 176,000, which was not a bad effort compared to what happened in Sydney.

The drop off in viewers was a bit of a pity actually after the strong stand the program took on NRL players drinking and oiking around in public. Perhaps fans don’t like their golden haired drinking boys criticised. There was no joy in Melbourne for the AFL program where the audience fell ton 334,000, from 421,000 the week before. That was a fall of 20%. That’s called voting with the remotes and a message to Nine after Sam Newman’s antics the week before. — Glenn Dyer

Aunty sub-watch. An unfortunate mistake online yesterday with the inaccurate spelling of, erm, inaccurate.

Labor Party propaganda attempts futuristic style — achieves Cold War era chic. This program for a Labor party event in Higgins uses some odd imagery. Question: Our glorious leader, recreating nuclear fallout costume or bee keeper?

Crikey think Labor for the 21st century looks a hell of a lot like an airport in the 1960s.

How to kill an American newspaper. What is happening now is hardly new or unique to this industry. Papers have been dying for decades. Gone from the ranks are such names as the New York World Journal Tribune (itself a last-gasp attempt to rescue multiple papers including the venerable Herald Tribune), the Dallas Times Herald, the Washington Star, the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Pittsburgh Press, the Chicago Daily News … They, and dozens more lesser-known names, were done in by inexorable trends such as the move of families to the suburbs, the rise of television news as a competitor to the evening paper and labor strife, all of which contributed to the winnowing of many cities from three dailies to two, and from two to one. — Seattle P-I

Arianna Huffington: the web’s new oracle. HuffPo has reached this level of prominence with 55 paid staffers, including Huffington. Twenty-eight of them are editorial, compared with more than 1,000 at the New York Times. Open the site on any given day and you will be greeted with copy from the Associated Press, contributions from unpaid writers, stories whose legwork was done by other news outlets and a smattering of entries from the site’s five reporters. In terms of traditional newspaper content, that’s about the level of a solid small-town daily. But some people believe this model may fundamentally change the news business. — Time

Abandoned newspaper racks tell the industry’s story. These photos of disused newspaper racks in a San Francisco storage yard — taken March 13, 2009 — are pretty much all you need to know about the state of the industry. No one is buying, and it’s time to throw the old technology for distributing news away:

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UK bans Jolie movie advertisement. The UK has banned a TV ad for a new Angelina Jolie flick, saying it glorifies violence. In a trailer for Wanted, Jolie kisses co-star James McAvoy as they fire guns in a car chase. It implies “that using guns is sexy and glamorous,” complains the nation’s ad authority. Universal Pictures — which made the comic book adaptation — retorts that the real problem is a strong female lead. — Newser