Hillary taking questions on Auntie. It’s Q&A, with a very special guest. Hillary Clinton has agreed to a forum in Melbourne on Sunday night, in a major coup for the ABC. Leigh Sales will quiz the US Secretary of State, along with audience members at the venue and online, in a special broadcast at 6pm on Sunday. As the ABC boasts:

“Similar to events that Hillary Clinton has done previously around the world, this ‘town-hall’ style event invites an audience of under-35-year-olds to ask questions to the US Secretary of State.”

The hour-long special will be broadcast on ABC1, ABC News 24, ABC News Radio and streamed online. The ABC is already taking questions via Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag ‘#hillaryoz’.

The figures are in: The Times reveals paywall results …

“The two papers have combined to produce ‘more than 105,000 customer sales’, a designation that includes weekly and monthly web subscriptions as well as subscriptions to their iPad and Kindle editions.” — Forbes

… but does it add up to a viable business model?

“Now we do have some fix on the result of the great Wapping paywall experiment. But the figures hide much more than they reveal. They are just not transparent enough to give us a clear picture.” — The Guardian

Nine boss now runs the magazines, too

“David Gyngell’s elevation as the head of PBL Media comes at an increasingly bullish time for media assets. He is responsible for the Nine Network and the ACP stable of magazines among other businesses.” — The Australian

SHOCK! The National Enquirer‘s in trouble

“American Media, publisher of tabloids including the National Enquirer and Star, is to seek bankruptcy protection in an effort to manoeuvre away from its crushing debt load.” — Financial Times

Online media cuts through the Middle East conflict

“Mainstream Western media is reactionary. Beyond covering a clash here and another clash there, media does very little to inform everyday people living in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Europe about day-to-day life outside their immediate cultural sphere.” — New Matilda

Facebook maps when love turns sour

“A very interesting data visualisation from infographic wizard David McCandless is making its way around the web, depicting the most common times a year that people break up — via Facebook status updates.” — Mashable

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