Unroyal Leckie staying put. David Leckie isn’t going anywhere — despite what The Daily Telegraph says. He issued this memo to staff (and the Tele newsroom) this morning:

Good morning,

I’m a little disappointed.

I can’t believe the Royal engagement knocked me off page 1.

Our Chairman has asked me to write to you and set the record straight.

Page 2 of today’s Daily Telegraph carries a story that is incorrect.

When approached by the paper last night for comment, I refused to get involved with a nonsense piece.

Perhaps, with the benefit of hindsight, I should have pulled out the sledgehammer I keep in the bottom drawer to deal with matters like this. Meanwhile, be reassured on a couple of points.

Seven is No 1 for the year.

This is no accident.

Tim Worner and the whole of the Programming team continue to dominate — their results are simply brilliant.

James Warburton and the Sales force continue to set industry standards and deliver a commercial result that is the envy of all our competitors.

Seven News and Public Affairs under the guidance of Peter Meakin, are the most successful and most trusted news source by more viewers than any other news service.

We have all worked hard to deliver great results this year — personally I have loved and enjoyed every minute.

The planning for 2011 began months ago — I can’t wait to get it underway.

Thank you for all your support and passion for our business — we are in it together and we will continue to have fun while at the same time delivering commercial success.

Many thanks all,


Cashing in on Will and Kate. Did you hear? Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married! As a proud member of the Commonwealth, it in this author’s opinion that our little old Antipodean outpost should do everything in our power to be embarrassingly sycophantic in the rush to praise our Royal overlords.

Luckily for me, it appears Australia’s newspapers agree. Like at the Geelong Advertiser. ‘Hey Willie! (insert name of place of newspaper publication) is the best place to honeymoon eva!

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And NT News



And the Gold Coast Bulletin


Meanwhile, expect sales of 3D televisions to skyrocket, says The Daily Telegraph editorial …


Don’t worry Katie, the Cairns Post may have already picked out your dress …


But the award for the story with the most tedious link to the royal engagement goes to — who else — the NT News


HUMPTY Doo bloke Les Schultz would say, “G’day darlin”‘ and then treat the future Mrs Windsor, Princess Kate, well, like a princess.

Les has ideas for the wedding between Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales and the chick named Kate.

He has a five-year-old tame buffalo cow name Beverley who he has promised to let his mate from Casino, NSW, Jimmy Roache marry. It’s a long story.

Leigh Josey (more of his Morning Media Maulings — including the page-three Kate look-a-like — on the Team Crikey blog)

Danger! Danger, Kate Middleton! It’s not just the media celebrating the royal nuptials — it’s internet hackers, too. According to Websense: “Approximately 22.4% of all searches for current news leading to malicious search results”. The process involves net attackers monitoring breaking news and buzzwords then simply changing a bit of code in order to manipulate search outcomes.

If the figures are true, almost a quarter of results churned out by Googling something as simple as a “Prince William wedding photos” could be poisoned — potentially taking the reader into dangerous web territory and exposing them to viruses. This also means that hunting down royal gossip is now more dangerous than searching for adult content, as Websense found that only 21.8% of the results returned for “s-x” searches were malicious. Crikey recommends sticking to tried and trusted websites when searching for news. — Crikey intern Cat Wall.

Warner Music sales lacking tempo

“The Warner Music Group posted a $46 million loss in its fourth quarter as increased digital sales were not enough to offset declines from CDs. For the three months that ended Sept. 30, the company had $752 million in revenue, down 13 percent from the same period in 2009, for a loss of 31 cents a share.” — The New York Times

‘Facebook’s a fad; dead in five years’

“Digital consumer expert Jeffrey Cole gives social networking giant Facebook five years before its audience begins to splinter. Dr Cole, who addressed a digital marketing forum hosted by Ninemsn in Sydney this morning, predicted the site would be no more successful than MySpace and Bebo at hanging onto the fickle teenage audience.” — The Australian

No social media at Clinton address

“No tweeting, live blogging, posting to Facebook or any other use of social media will be permitted when President Bill Clinton gives the keynote address at Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce.com event taking place Dec. 6-8 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.” — ReadWriteWeb

Twitter test drive tweet analytics

“Twitter has started inviting a select group of users to test a new analytics product, Mashable has learned. Such a product has been rumored for some time, and a Twitter executive said earlier this year that Analytics would debut by the end of 2010.” — Mashable

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