Hot gossip, TMZ-style. The Daily Telegraph gave its Confidential column a glamorous makeover last week, launching a dedicated website with all the latest gossip — and gratuitous bikini shots. As The Australian‘s media writer Amanda Meade noted this morning, it “looks like a porn site”. She’s not wrong (err…so we’ve heard):

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We only read it for the articles. Well, that and the daily videos where chief gossip-monger Annette Sharp gathers her starry-eyed troops around the office to discuss the day in celebrity scandal…

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…a remarkably similar concept, it has to be said, to the TV output of global gossip goliath TMZ (seen here on Nine’s Go! channel), where its Starbucks-sipping sleuths casually laze about the office to bitch about whose arse looked big in that.

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A mere coincidence, no doubt. — Jason Whittaker

Puppet regime? What is the ABC trying to say with the photo for this story about Rob Oakeshott, asks Crikey reader Marcus Ogden?


News of the World to NY Times: we’re more ethical than you

“Yes, Murdoch’s News of the World, which has paid out millions in phone-hacking settlements, whose reporter went to jail for his role in the scandal, which faces a stream of angry plaintiffs, and which wants to wage newspaper war on the New York Times but thinks the Times should be enjoined from investigating Murdoch’s newspapers, wants to dictate ethical standards to the Times.” — Slate

Iron Maiden rides into the digital age

“Heavy metal fans revel in their image as outcasts. For the music industry, however, followers of the British metal band Iron Maiden have become model citizens.” — New York Times

No more bus rides for journos

“The era of acquiescent journalists trailing in the thrall of federal election candidates is over. Phil Gardner, editor-in-chief of Melbourne’s Herald & Weekly Times newspaper group says his papers are likely to ignore future federal election campaign buses.” — The Australian

Google the front for new marketing

“Before BP could stem the oil gusher at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, it unleashed $100 million in ad spending, largely on network TV, to stem the damage to its image. But it also started spending heavily where it had never spent much before: buying ads in Google’s search results.” — Advertising Age

USA Today leaves questions unanswered

“When Gannett’s USA Today announced 10 new executive appointments and a ‘pretty radical’ restructuring August 27, the company left plenty of questions unanswered.” — Poynter Online