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Awkward celebrity ex-encounters. Who would have thought actor Matthew Newton, while attending a public event crawling with photographers, would avoid a high profile ex-girlfriend he was famously accused of assulting? “Seems to be some tension”? Um yeah.
Chaser plus Spicks and Specks winning ratings combination for the ABC. Wednesday night’s long awaited return of The Chaser’s War On Everything helped deliver the ABC one of its strongest TV audiences of the year, although stablemate Spicks and Specks grabbed the glory by rating even better. In a good evening for the non-commercial network, Spicks and Specks at 8.30pm pulled in an audience of just over 1.6m, making it the ABC’s highest rating show since September 2007, with a free to air audience share of 32.5%. The Chaser followed at 9pm although the average audience fell away slightly to just over 1.5m and a share of audience of 32.1%. — Mumbrella
Twitter poses risks for papers. Can you have journalists texting messages independently on topical concerns with thousands of people using a medium that’s easily shared with millions more and still retain exclusivity? Not only has that horse left the barn, but the barn is burning down. Twitter will be embraced as no less indispensable to reporters than their phones, but it does carry risk — and not the loss of control that news bosses worry about but the illusion of connectedness. — Miami Herald
The reclusive billionaire twins who shut down a member of parliament’s blog. Nadine Dorries is an MP from Bedfordshire, about 55 miles north of London. Last week, she wrote a post on her blog suggesting that the Barclay Brothers, who own the London Daily Telegraph , have deliberately engineered the expenses scandal currently engulfing the nation’s Parliament for their own political gain. Lawyers for the Daily Telegraph succeeded in getting Dorries’ ISP to shut down her blog under England’s strict libel laws. The blog has since re-emerged with the offending post purged. Last Thursday, she accused the twins of launching “a deliberate course to destabilise Parliament” because they are skeptics of the European Union. — Gawker
Iraqi intelligence sues Guardian. Iraq’s national intelligence service has launched a court action to sue the Guardian , claiming to have been defamed by a story that characterised the regime of prime minister Nouri al-Maliki as increasingly autocratic. The story, by award-winning correspondent Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, was published in April, when the Iraqi leader was in London on an investment drive. It included interviews with three unnamed members of the Iraqi national intelligence service (INIS), who said elements of Maliki’s rule resembled a dictatorship. Maliki called for legal action to be launched on his return to Iraq and the ostensibly independent INIS filed a writ demanding $1m in damages for what it said was a “false and defamatory” report. — Guardian
Saberi thanks Clinton for support. In brief remarks at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday, Roxana Saberi, the American journalist who was detained in Iran for more than three months, thanked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama for their efforts to win her release. Ms. Saberi said that she was heartened when she learned of all the support she was getting from the United States and elsewhere while still being held in Tehran’s Evin prison. — New York Times
Russians invest in Facebook. Facebook’s explosive global growth over the past six months may have made the social networking site one of the world’s most watched companies, but it has not prevented it looking overseas for support. On Tuesday, the US company tapped Russian money and expertise in an unlikely union that has settled one of Silicon Valley’s most popular parlour games: guessing who it would turn to next for cash, and how big a price tag the investment would put on the company. — Financial Times