Corbett gets the gig Fairfax Media has named former Woolworths chief executive Roger Corbett as its new chairman. Mr Corbett was the deputy chairman and replaces Ron Walker, who will stand aside at the company’s annual general meeting. Ron Walker’s chairmanship of Fairfax ended in acrimony, after a public stoush with members of the Fairfax family, notably major shareholder and fellow board member John B. Fairfax, over Mr Walker’s handling of the company. — ABC News
Throwing stones. It’s funny how Rupert is going out of his way to criticise the media aggreagators as being supposed leeches on the content providers. I receive a regular email entitled “Kill the Competition” from The Times newspaper in the UK. It summarises the best of the daily business news on the web from many sources: Bloomberg, the Telegraph, the Financial Times, etc. They even actively go out of their way to hide the true URL of the linked content in the email by using the tiny URL service. Last I heard The Times was owned by News Corporation. Perhaps those in glass houses … — Crikey reader Tim
Sky News struggles for context An angry Racing Minister Rob Hulls has slammed Victoria Racing for staging a dwarf racing stunt at last Sunday’s Cranbourne Cup meeting. Mr Hulls said Racing Victoria had backed the wrong horse by staging the event which involved dwarfs being carried on the backs of punters and racing 50 metres down the straight to the winning post…He said Racing Victoria Ltd had brushed it off as ‘just a bit of fun’ but with hindsight they would not have run the event which was called the Midget’s Cup. The stunt follows the furore that erupted around the world over the black faces skit on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. — Sky News
Australian journos on Twitter. With the Media140 conference coming up in Sydney next month, I thought it was time for a bit of local research on Twitter usage. I used Dave Earley’s comprehensive list of Australian journalists on Twitter as a starting point for some research on local media usage. I spent a painstaking few hours getting the details of 313 people from Earley’s list (plus a few others I though should be there). — Woolly Days
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Let the wild rumpus start! For more than 40 years, kids have wondered about Where the Wild Things Are. Are they real or imaginary? Friends or foes? Now that we’re grown-ups, we still can’t help you, but we may have figured out where they really are: living with author Maurice Sendak in his Connecticut home. The front door is flanked by Wild Thing statuettes; vintage stuffed monsters and framed posters fill the living room. There’s even a bronze sculpture of Max and his sailboat in the centre of the kitchen table. — Newsweek
White House v Fox The White House has gone on the offensive against its critics in the press, singling out Fox News and going so far as to accuse the News Corp.-owned network of waging a “war against Barack Obama.” White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has led the charge, appearing on CNN television and conducting interviews with Time magazine and The New York Times in recent days to make her case. The unusual White House campaign comes as President Obama faces mounting opposition to his health care reforms, growing concern over the situation in Afghanistan and a continuing general economic malaise. — SMH
I can haz blog empire. Who knew pictures of cats with funny misspelled captions would evolve into one of the bigger indie blog networks in the world? Ben Huh, 31, is CEO of Cheezburger Network of Seattle, publisher of a growing blog empire best known for I Can Haz Cheezburger (aka LOLcats) and Failblog, but also hits such as Engrish Funny, There I Fixed It, Roflrazzi, and the newly launched blog about cars with problems, That Will Buff Out. — AdAge
The Tartan was a mistake. Here’s something you’d never see in Vogue: the Australian edition of GQ has admitted getting it wrong on fashion tips. The magazine’s 10th anniversary special has the following open letter to readers admitting “we blew a few calls”:
On occasion, we’ve urged you to wear some egregiously silly things. We have spoken up in favour of shorter-than-short shorts, nipple-revealing singlets and the triumph of tartan. We have told you wearing such things was not only OK, but also bold and forward thinking. And for that we apologise.
Anna Wintour would be horrified. — Mumbrella
The best scripts that didn’t get up. Every year, movie insiders produce The Black List: the best unproduced screenplays doing the rounds that year. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, all of those screenplays are now online to read. Go and enjoy. (Thanks, Zack!) — io9