Stokes gets his controversial mining-media merger ticked off

Kerry Stokes’ plan to combine his media and earthmoving interests have become a reality after the Federal Court approved Seven Network’s $3 billion merger with industrial and mining equipment group WesTrac. — The Australian

Post remembers Pulitzer Prize but forgets writers

A few weeks ago, Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander took up the issue of whether the paper’s Pulitzer haul “mattered,” and concluded that the prizes would help to retain readers, add prestige and enhance the morale of the paper’s employees. Of course, what sort of got glossed over was the fact that some of the winners have migrated elsewhere (Anthony Shadid) or taken buyouts (Gene Weingarten) or had never before actually set foot in the Post’s newsroom (Kathleen Parker). — Huffington Post

New investigative unit bureau at City University

Editor Iain Overton revealed that the bureau already has seven investigations under way, one of which is being run in company with the British Medical Journal, Channel 4 and Al-Jazeera English. — The Guardian

Rugby league — in the third dimension

The Nine Network has revealed this year’s state-of-origin series will be the first Australian sporting event to be broadcast in 3D on a free-to-air network. A trial broadcast licence will use spectrum temporarily allocated by the Federal Government and made available to 3D TV sets in Sydney — Mumbrella

Race for the Gold Logie hits YouTube

… Adams Hills and Wil Anderson have launched cheeky YouTube campaigns for the Gold. Hills says, “Seriously, vote for Wil Anderson for the Gold Logie, people will think it’s me anyway.” — TV Tonight

Is humour a defence against defamation?

Comedian Mick Molloy and Network Ten will use jest as their defence against a defamation action brought by failed federal election candidate Nicole Cornes. — The Age

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