Hey Hey… it’s back. Channel Nine boss Jeff Browne all but confirmed one of the network’s worst kept secrets when he revealed Hey Hey It’s Saturday will return next year. While giving a speech at the Channel Nine Christmas party at The Hotel Barkly on Tuesday night, Browne let slip he had just come from sitting down with Hey Hey host Daryl Somers and the gang. — Herald Sun

Indonesian journalists defy Balibo ban. Indonesia’s national journalists association plans to defy a government ban on the movie Balibo, kicking off a countrywide “roadshow” tour for the film with a free public screening in Jakarta today. Balibo was banned on Tuesday afternoon, less than two hours ahead of a planned screening by the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club and just days ahead of its inclusion in the Jakarta film festival. — The Australian

Twittering the news. Much has been said and written about the use of Twitter during the convulsions the Liberal Party has been going through over the past week or so – much of it on Twitter itself. But one thing drove home for me its preeminence as a device for rapidly communicating news from one point to many. – ABC News Editors’ Blog

Peter Mandelson opens fire on Murdoch. Lord Mandelson declared war on the Murdoch empire today when he accused News Corporation of maintaining an “iron grip” on pay television and warned that the company wants to import rightwing Fox News-style journalism to Britain. In his strongest attacks on News Corp since the Sun abandoned its support for Labour hours after Gordon Brown’s party conference speech, the business secretary accused the company of imperiling the traditions of British broadcasting. — The Guardian

How to turn a magazine into an iPhone app. Turning a magazine into an iPhone app might seem as simple as shrinking the printed page to about a sixth of its normal size. But as magazines develop iPhone and other mobile applications to supplement their print editions, they’re finding that adapting to the new medium is a significant challenge. — MediaShift

American journalism at the Crossroads.  American journalism is at a transformational moment, in which the era of dominant newspapers and influential network news divisions is rapidly giving way to one in which the gathering and distribution of news is more widely dispersed. – Columbia Journalism Review

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