Hamish and Andy dig deep for Channel 31, kind of. Crikey‘s story yesterday highlighting struggling Melbourne community TV station Channel 31’s desperate plight produced instant results, with Austereo comedy duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee kicking in $1,000 for their alma mater shortly after our story went live. But that’s where it ended — sadly, no response has been received from C31’s other glittering graduates, including Rove McManus, Peter Helliar and Corinne Grant. McManus’ manager Kevin Whyte told Crikey that an email received yesterday morning was “the first we’d heard” of the subscriberthon and that he was happy to take out a basic subscription for himself, pending a response from Rove. — Andrew Crook

Advertising recovery slower than expected

“Official media revenue figures have revealed a slower than expected advertising recovery in the second half of 2009, when spending fell by 7.6 per cent compared with the December half of 2008.”– The Australian

Conroy’s internet censorship agenda slammed by tech giants

“Australia’s biggest technology companies, communications academics and many lobby groups have delivered a withering critique of the government’s plans to censor the internet.” — Sydney Morning Herald

SBS boss: we need to improve multicultural role

“SBS Managing Director Shaun Brown yesterday addressed the Australian Broadcasting Summit in Sydney and acknowledged the network needed to better address changes in multicultural Australia.” — TV Tonight

Was Fleet Street really a fun-filled village of philandering hacks?

“A majority of today’s national newspaper journalists – and, most particularly, their proprietors and managers – intensely dislike veterans’ memories of old Fleet Street. They cannot bear to hear stories of an overmanned, profitable and successful industry that appears to have been run entirely for the pleasure of underworked reporters and writers.” — Greenslade

Facebook will give you syphilis. If you sleep around

“The virus has increased fourfold in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside, the areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular, because it has given people a new way to meet multiple partners for casual sexual encounters.” — Daily Telegraph

Social media still leaving us disconnected

“I’d like to advance a hypothesis: Despite all the excitement surrounding social media, the Internet isn’t connecting us as much as we think it is. It’s largely home to weak, artificial connections, what I call thin relationships.” — Harvest Business Review