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Turnbull adviser Tony Barry manhandles journalist. Malcolm Turnbull’s media adviser Tony Barry has been forced to apologise after a physical altercation with a Ten Network producer in an office in the federal parliamentary press gallery. Mr Barry and Ten’s Stephen Spencer clashed yesterday over questions on stimulus payments and an article written by Spencer’s wife, the Sydney Daily Telegraph journalist Sue Dunlevy. Journalists say they were shocked when Mr Barry, a large man, reacted angrily to Spencer answering a phone call. — The Australian
Fairfax “could drop newsprint” when broadband rolls out. One way for Fairfax to raise its profits could be to eventually stop printing its newspapers and transition readers to a paid online model, says broker Merrill Lynch. The comments come in an analysis of the newspaper sector reported, ironically, in Fairfax’s Sydney Morning Herald today. The analysis looking at the effects of the planned national broadband network on publishers, says that costs would fall by 45% if Fairfax drops its print editions and that it would need to persuade readers to pay $12.50 a month to receive its output online. — Mumbrella
Concubines and sausage rolls: Michael Moore’s real CV. In The Age yesterday (arts section, page 20) the Shortcuts column reported that “gonzo filmmaker extraordinaire” Michael Moore’s next blockbuster documentary will investigate the global financial crisis. The writer filed this news under ‘Things to Look Forward To’, which is fair enough, but far more intriguing was the next sentence, which opened with “The maker of Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko and Bowling for Concubine said in a statement…”
Yes, you read right. Bowling for Concubine. In an intriguing slice of historical revisionism, The Age has questioned the memory of any moviegoers who recall Moore’s phenomenally successful Oscar-winning documentary to be about America’s Columbine high school massacre. It was actually – didn’t you get the memo? — a hard-hitting expose about mistresses in Imperial China who enjoy partaking in a round of lawn balls before courting their bedmates. — Luke Buckmaster
Roxana Saberi on her imprisonment in Iran. American Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi was released from four months in an Iranian jail last week and flown to the USA. NPR have the first interview with Saberi since her imprisonment:
After I realized that nobody knew where I was, I was very afraid, and my interrogators threatened me and said, “If you don’t confess to being a US spy, you could be here for many years — 10 years or 20 years, or you could even face execution.” And I thought, well, if something happens to me, my family doesn’t know where I am, maybe they would never find out. And so I made a false confession and I said, “Yes, I’m a US spy.”
Read the full transcript and listen to the interview on the NPR website.
Smile and say “no Photoshop”. Last month, Mr. Lindbergh stirred the pot by creating a series of covers for French Elle that showed stars like Monica Bellucci, Eva Herzigova and Sophie Marceau without makeup or retouching. The issue struck a nerve with readers in France, where health officials were already campaigning for a measure to force magazines to note when and how images are altered. But editors of American publications, who last year resisted such a proposal within their trade group, the American Society of Magazine Editors, have also noted a backlash against images that appear manipulated to push an idealized standard of beauty. — New York Times
All the news that’s fit to be killed. On February 27, 2009, just 55 days shy of the paper’s 150th anniversary, the Rocky went under, swallowed into the abyss of America’s failing newspaper industry. Scripps executives again came to town. They provided answers to the Five Ws of the closure, and the Rocky reporters wrote it all down, a final assignment for a final edition. The paper had been hemorrhaging millions of dollars, the executives said. They said they’d had a “strategy,” but then the “ground shifted beneath our feet” — the US economy’s plunge and the increasingly devastating power of the Internet — and it simply became too much to overcome. “We did all we could,” the suits said. “It’s nobody’s fault.” As a headline in the final edition put it: “Dismal economy, changing world halt Rocky‘s near 150-year run.” — 5280
News Corp. would like to renew its MySpace deal with “parasite” Google. News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch has referred to Google “stealing” or “taking” his copyright. His Wall Street Journal lieutenant Robert Thomson has likened the company to a “parasite or tech tapeworm.” But now News Corp. needs to renegotiate a lucrative MySpace ad deal with Google. Whoops. News Corp.’s social network is near the end of an advertising partnership with Google reportedly worth $300 million per year. Any sequel to the arrangement is expected to be worth considerably less. — Gawker
Rumours are untrue… Virgin does not want to buy Playboy. British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Group does not want to buy adult entertainment magazine publisher Playboy Enterprises Inc, the company said on Thursday. “Reports that Virgin Group is looking to buy Playboy Enterprises … are untrue,” said a statement e-mailed by a company spokeswoman. Virgin made its statement after the Britain-based Daily Mail newspaper reported Virgin was “tipped as a potential buyer.” — Reuters
Editor Arline Usden leaves the Lady. Arline Usden has left the Lady, one of the UK’s oldest magazines, after 18 years as its editor. Usden, who was just the eighth editor since the weekly title launched in 1885, will continue writing for the magazine as its editor-at-large. She will pen beauty and travel features as well as opera reviews. In March Usden oversaw a relaunch of the 124-year-old, family-owned magazine to breathe new life into the title, introducing a full-colour redesign, a team of new writers and a series of other editorial changes. No successor has yet been named by the Lady. However, the former Marie Claire associate editor Sarah Kennedy was hired as editor-at-large to add new and youthful content to the title as it was revamped. — The Guardian