It helps to be the boss when you make a mistake. In a classic example of “nice work if you can get it”, Sarah Murdoch, wife of Lachlan and daughter-in-law of Rupert, has recovered from her embarrassing gaffe on the 2010 Australia’s Next Top Model final, by firing the TV production company behind the show. Murdoch confirmed yesterday Granada Media Australia would not be producing the show for the partially Murdoch-owned Foxtel in 2011. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the likely replacement is Elizabeth Murdoch’s production company Shine.

”Granada produced Australia’s Top Model for six years. I worked with them for two years. They are a very talented and hard working crew. But after what happened this year I thought very hard about it and decided it was probably time for a change,” Murdoch said. One Herald Sun reader suggested an alternative headline: “Spoiled little girl fires production company to make herself not seem stupid.” — Crikey intern Alison Drew-Forster

Grog sidestepped the gatekeeper: Mark Scott

The Australian’s decision to unmask public servant Greg Jericho as blogger Grog’s Gamut was a reaction to a ‘civilian’ having ‘sidestepped the gatekeeper’ and built an audience of his own, ABC boss Mark Scott claimed today.” — Mumbrella

Mayne sued for defamation — again

“It has been nine years since Stephen Mayne was last served with a Supreme Court defamation writ but it seems the proponent of a controversial $15 million development application in Manningham is about to go down that path.” — The Mayne Report

News Corp erects another newspaper wall

“Those Murdoch paywalls are going up all around the world. A News Corp title in Massachusetts, the Cape Cod Times, is now charging for access to its CapeCodOnline.com site.” — The Guardian

Palin not so popular second time out

“After setting a TLC ratings record last week, Sarah Palin’s reality show plummeted for its second episode. Sarah Palin’s Alaska fell 40% on Sunday night to 3 million viewers.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Deathly Hallows debut a global success

“The seventh Harry Potter movie opened to a jaw-dropping $330 million in global ticket sales over the weekend, underscoring the magical powers of the Warner Brothers marketing and distribution departments.” — The New York Times

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