Talent on the teevee. Following news that Godwin Grech has been in hospital since his committee appearance, there has been some soul-searching about putting manifestly wrong people in front of the camera. Tony Jones might have felt that way on Friday’s Lateline , while having a chat with Stephen Long, horn-rimmed economics correspondent who, in the middle of a discussion about global indicators, started rabbiting on about the ‘Latvian hooker’ index — the fall in prices, he explained at faltering length, paid for such services as a register of deflation. A teeth-grindingly embarrassing exchange ensued, before Long signed off by saying that he wouldn’t be checking the index personally. “Of course not” replied Jones dryly. It seemed less a tribute to Long’s propriety than an intimation that there are some things — or people — even Latvian hookers won’t do. — Guy Rundle

Get your blue shiny Scientology here. Fairfax have jumped on the Scientology bandwagon with online advertisements promoting the religion:

This advertisment looks just like the American televisions commercials critiqued by AdFreak last week. They say: “Like any crazy cult bent on extracting money from the punters, Scientology needs good marketing, which is why it’s rolling out new commercials. The first two are similar, in that they propose replacing rewarding things like mountain climbing with a fake religion cooked up by a mediocre science-fiction writer. The third is a little different, stating that Scientology doesn’t judge people by what they look like or where they live. We’re all equal in the eyes of Xenu, which is true in that we’re all neurotic little cash registers in his/her/its eyes.”

Nice to know that globalisation has seen such a uniform roll-out of religious advertising in English speaking countries.

Fairfax MJ baby ad. Question: is it appropriate to use Michael Jackson’s death to promote a parenting forum? Particularly using this image?

Rowe vs Australian writers. News that former SBS Independent head Glynis Rowe is being funded by — gasp — SBS to produce a crime series using UK and US writers will come as no surprise to those Australian writers who had dealings with her. When Rowe first proposed the short-episode series Marx and Venus she suggested having an open call for scripts and paying the successful ones $500 — in contravention of rules agreed to by the writers guild, the channels and the producers’ association and at about a quarter of the proper fee. The cunning plan somehow failed to take into account that the script editor chosen for the project was Geoffrey Atherden — past writers guild president, and a tenacious fighter against the spec script rackets of producers. Rowe departed SBS, but not before she’d helped to set it on the path of populism that saw the channel effectively defunded in the last budget — save, apparently, for sufficient funds to commission whole overseas series from former mates.

UK Times Online comment goes the way of the New York Times. Will News Ltd be next?

News Ltd editorial boss — we don’t like our journalists using Twitter. The group editorial director of News Ltd, Australia’s biggest publisher, says that the company is “very uncomfortable” with its journalists using Twitter to tell followers news. Campbell Reid says: “It’s our belief that journalists who work for us who have news to tell should do so through the vehicles they are employed to supply material for. We’re very uncomfortable with staff tweeting in a professional sense under their own names, for a whole bunch of reasons, not the least of which is legal protection and concern about what is published.” — Mumbrella

SBS News cross promo. SBS news Sunday night: After twenty-five minutes of actual world news coverage you won’t get anywhere else there is a three minute story on the mandatory introduction of new automatic stabilisers into Australian cars. Which went on and on and on. Why the exhaustive interest in such a minor matter? Well the two large separate grabs from Australian Top Gear (SBS) presenter James Morrison might have something to do with it. A blatant cross promotion for which everyone involved in SBS News should hang their heads in shame. – Kim Serca

Pringles can hands: love can be complicated. The Cannes Lions advertising awards have a winner — Pringles — for this weird and wonderful advertisement. Keep clicking.

MySpace begins redefining its space. Wrenching job cuts at News Corp’s MySpace are only the first steps the online hangout must take to regain its cool. Outshone by newcomers Facebook and Twitter, MySpace must reverse worrying trends in user metrics and replace a lucrative $300-million-a-year advertising deal with Google Inc that expires next year, or risk lining up among Friendster, AltaVista, GeoCities and other once-mighty Internet brands. — Reuters

Iran: Now the world’s leader in jailing journalists . In a blatant disregard for freedom of speech, a right Iran vowed to protect when it signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, government officials raided the Kalameh Sabz on Monday, June 22 — a reformist newspaper owned by opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Every person in the office at that time was arrested (CPJ estimates that number to be around 25 people), bringing the total number of Iranian journalists arrested up to about 40 — most of whom are still in custody. Currently, there are two foreign journalists also being detained, one Iranian-Canadian journalist and one Greek photo journalist working for the Washington Times . — LA Times

Buy Boston Globe get the Worcester Telegram & Gazette free. The New York Times Company hopes to sell a newspaper in central Massachusetts along with The Boston Globe and wants the buyer of the papers to take on $59 million in pension liabilities. The company will focus on getting the highest price and “on the certainty and speed with which bidders can sign a definitive agreement and complete an acquisition.” It sets a July 8 deadline for initial, nonbinding bids, after which the company would choose which potential buyers would participate in a second round and would be allowed to submit binding offers. — New York Times

The deadly side of Twitter . Twitter won’t just give you a black eye; as Flavia Maria Boricea found out, Twitter also kills. The Romanian teen was way, way too addicted to the microblogging service. Not only was she using it in the bath, she ran down her laptop battery doing so, and then tried to plug the thing into the wall. Guess what happened next. — Gawker

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