Fairfax’s personal plea: we want you back. Fairfax has taken the fight over its flailing real estate glossy The Melbourne Weekly direct to vendors, sending a personal plea to those who have defected to the rival Weekly Review, run by Age turncoat Antony Catalano. With most of Melbourne’s top agents signing deals with Catalano, Fairfax has asked house sellers to wage their own personal war on the new publication and return one by one to the fold. The Weekly Review kicked off last week, leaving the Fairfax giveaway somewhat slimmer.

“We note that your property was listed in the first edition of The Weekly Review. We hope that you were informed by your agent that your advertising would be moved to the new publication and that you consented to that change. If not, we would like to hear from you,” the letter reads.

Over the weekend, Fairfax took out full-page ads in the Sunday Age urging house sellers to contact them directly and suggesting The Melbourne Weekly‘s circulation was 310,000 — when, in fact, there are four different Fairfax magazines on separate mastheads serving the eastern suburbs. — Andrew Crook

Nine’s Logies night worst in 50 years

“The Nine Network has suffered its worst night in more than half a century of the Logies, picking up just one award from the 22 categories that were up for grabs.” — Mumbrella

ACP on the iPad, but licensing an issue

“ACP Magazines is in discussions over at least two titles with the international owner and licensor over whether it will have the exclusive right to sell iPad apps under those brands to Australians, according to a source at the company.” — The Australian

The cricket’s on the internet, live streamed at YouTube

“Google’s subsidiary YouTube carried the league’s 60 matches live around the world, except in the United States, the first time the company has broadcast a major sporting event. About 50 million viewers tuned in …” — New York Times

Times of Washington has financial rug pulled out

Washington Times executives are negotiating to sell the newspaper, after the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s family cut off most of the annual subsidy of about $35 million that has kept the Unification Church-backed paper afloat.” — Washington Post

Will the news look different with 400 fewer people?

“Earlier this week, ABC News, a unit of the Walt Disney Company, largely completed one of the most drastic rounds of budget cutbacks at a television news operation in decades, affecting roughly a quarter of the staff. The cutbacks promise to change ABC both on- and off-camera.” — New York Times

Palin charges for access — and gives the cash to anti-abortion group

“You had to be willing to pony up some scrilla to buy the $50 ticket, the proceeds of which went to support Heroic Media (and, presumably, cover the cost of whatever speaking fee Palin had commanded).” — Huffington Post

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