SMH ad blunder. This is truly horrible. On The Sydney Morning Herald website, an ad for flights to Hawaii beside a story about an Australian man who died flying a plane to Hawaii…

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So tasteless. Fairfax really needs to screen these things. It’s embarrassing. — a Crikey reader

Like mother like daughter. Mining magnate Gina Rinehart was granted a seat on the Ten Network board on Friday — not her daughter Bianca, as The Australian would have you believe…

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Why we’re tuning out of political reporting

“Mainstream media coverage of elections is declining and audiences are increasingly tuning out to political reporting. This, according to a book out this week, but which trend came first?” — The Australian

Newspapers need to embrace multi-media to survive

“Amid all the gloom and doom of newspapers limping or folding, there’s a ray of hope in the print media landscape, thanks to innovative thinking and risk taking by publishers and editors who recognize opportunities to be seized at the right time.” — The Huffington Post

Asian journos face restrictions, torture or even death

“It would be an understatement to say this has been a difficult year for journalists in the subcontinent. In Pakistan at least a dozen media professionals have died in terrorist attacks throughout the country. At least one journalist, Vijay Pratap Singh, has died in India as a result of similar violence.” — The Guardian

Press Council review of bloggers standards

“In a report marking his first year at the helm, of the Press Council, Prof Julian Disney signalled that 2011 will see a ‘standards review project’ looking at the organisation’s code of conduct and suggested that ‘serious bloggers’ might be encouraged to join.” — Mumbrella

Fine increased to $6.5 million for Pirate Bay co-founders

“Pirate Bay’s co-founders today lost their appeal against convictions for encouraging illegal filesharing, and have had their collective fine increased by $2m (£1.3m) to $6.5m (£4.1m).” — The Guardian

Hard news, straight talk — Canada’s Fox News

“Canada is to get a conservative all-news TV channel after the CRTC on Friday granted Quebecor Media a license to launch Sun TV News nationwide. The upstart cable channel, dubbed Fox News North by liberal critics, has the go-ahead to launch on January 1, 2011, with the moniker Hard News and Straight Talk.” — The Hollywood Reporter

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