Consumers the winners from Telstra split. The competition watchdog says Australia’s 16 million telecommunications consumers will be the “clear winners” from greater competition and tighter regulation of Telstra. The chairman of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), Graeme Samuel, commenting on Federal Government plans to split Telstra’s wholesale and retail arms, has warned that the interests of consumers and Telstra’s shareholders may never be fully aligned. — ABC AM Program
Impacts of social media in Asia Pacific region. Social media has had a powerful impact in Asia Pacific, from reporting on natural disasters to building support for action on climate change, sharing information about political conflict to documenting human rights abuses. However, the differences in internet connectivity, access, technology and rural isolation necessitates a different approach to supporting social media projects. — Barry Saunders
Spearman Experiment’s ratings plummet. Ten’s decision to ape Nine’s 20 To 01 is looking increasingly ill-advised with the second outing of The Spearman Experiment losing 30% of its audience on the previous week. The Magda Szubanski-hosted show rated just 699,000 viewers on Tuesday night, compared to just over a million the week before. When the list-based programme launched last week it was derided as a barely diguised copy of Nine’s show. And last night 20 To 01, hosted by Bert Newton, crushed The Spearman Experiment, rating nearly 1.3m, Nine’s top show of the night. —Mumbrella
Obama’s off the record tweet. Obama made the Kanye “Jackass” remark in an off-the-record portion of an interview with CNBC, the Huffington Post reports, but that didn’t stop ABC correspondent Terry Moran from posting it to his Twitter feed — albeit briefly. “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential,” Moran wrote. The tweet was quickly taken down, but with more than a million followers, the horse was out of the barn. “This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong,” ABC tells Politico. “We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.” — Newser
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Disclosure in PR. Do people really care about disclosure by PR agencies when it comes to activities for their clients? I don’t mean those of us in the fishbowl or in the PR industry, but the average person on the streets. Do they really care if a company’s representatives are in-house or contracted? Do they care if a PR agency (or any other agency) is acting on behalf of a company, if they have the authority to do so? — Dave Fleet
Greed killed newspapers. It’s not the Internet that has killed newspapers, Michael Moore said in a four-minute detour from talking about his film, which rejects capitalism as “undemocratic.” Instead, he said, it’s corporate greed. “These newspapers have slit their own throats,” he said. “Good riddance.” Moore said that newspapers, bought up by corporations in the last generation, have pursued profits at the expense of news gathering. By basing their businesses on advertising over circulation, newspaper owners have neglected their true economic base and core constituency, he said.
He also accused those corporations of supporting Republican candidates, which have discouraged reading and education in measures such as supporting the elimination of the Education Department at the federal level. — The Wrap
Creating a movie poster, a How To. The project brief was pretty straightforward: Create a movie poster for the short movie Connected. The poster should share some of the characteristics of old sci-fi and horror movie posters from the 70’s, but with a modern touch. So, we embarked on the great journey! We searched the Internet far and wide for old posters, and ended up with a nice little library of images to browse through for inspiration. — Jokke-Svin