Incompetence, not net, kills media. The recession is not killing Big Media in this country, as the sales department will tell you. Nor is the internet and digital media to blame, as the prevailing theory goes. Media companies in Australia are struggling to make a buck through a lack of imagination. Through short-sightedness. Through commercial timidity, certainly. Ultimately, though sheer management incompetence. — Importance of Ideas

Grazia target may have been optimistic. The second international company behind the launch of ACP Magazines’ Grazia has spoken out on the eight-month-old fashion weekly, saying its initial sales target of 70,000-80,000 copies a week had been overly optimistic. Zeno Pellizzari, head of international activities for the magazines division of Mondadori, said a target of 60,000-70,000 would have been “more realistic”. ACP started Grazia last July under licence from Milan-based Mondadori in a joint venture with US company Hearst. In its first three months the magazine had average sales of 70,000 copies a week, falling to 65,000 in the December quarter. — The Australian

Pay freeze at Associated Newspapers. Associated Newspapers, owner of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, has introduced a one-year pay freeze for all staff. The pay freeze applies to staff — whether or not they are due a pay review — and came into operation on 1 March, with a formal announcement to employees late last week. However, staff receiving promotions and ending training periods will still get pay rises. “The very difficult economic conditions show no signs of improving in the immediate future,” Kevin Beatty, the Associated Newspapers group managing director, wrote to staff in an email. — The Guardian

Tweet of the town: didja retweet the one about The New Yorker going biweekly? Yesterday, The Washington Post book critic Ron Charles posted on his Twitter feed that The New Yorker was considering reducing its frequency. “Frequent contributor tells me the New Yorker is considering switch to biweekly or monthly. Recession pains,” he typed. It isn’t the first time that a reduced publication rumor has followed the The New Yorker, and Condé Nast’s diminishing fortunes has been a hot topic lately! So within minutes, it spread throughout the Twitterverse like bird flu. You could practically hear the sound of 600 media reporters picking up their phones in response. Too bad it wasn’t true. — The New York Observer

Former presidential candidate Howard Dean to become regular CNBC contributor. Former DNC Chair Howard Dean will become a regular contributor for the business news network CNBC, a source close to the former Vermont Governor confirms. Dean started his new gig on Monday morning with a guest-hosting appearance on the station. The move comes at a time when CNBC is under intense pressure to change its format and criticism for its failures to report or foresee much of today’s economic crisis. In this regard, Dean — who worked on Wall Street after graduating college and has family ties to the financial sector, but has nevertheless been an early critic of the business practices that contributed to the current recession — should be a refreshing presence, particularly for progressive economists. — Huffington Post

WABC radio newsman George Weber found stabbed to death in Brooklyn apartment. Longtime New York radio newsman George Weber was found stabbed to death in his Brooklyn apartment Sunday morning, cops said. The bloody body of Weber, a passionate fan of the city who spent a decade doing local news on WABC morning radio, was found just after 9 a.m. when he didn’t show up for work. “I used to hear his voice in the top and the bottom of the hour. It’s a voice New Yorkers know. Now that voice has been silenced,” said Aaron Katersky, 33, an ABC colleague who found himself covering a friend’s murder. — NY Daily News