COUNTDOWN TO CATASTROPHE! Scared by cyclone Yasi? Australia’s news websites provided good reason to be by 3:30pm AEST yesterday afternoon…

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Watching Nine, on Ten. Channel 10 viewers in Adelaide were in the Hot Seat last night with a picture-in-picture experience — as presenter Jane Reilly delivered the weather viewers could watch what was happening on rival Channel Nine in the background. The answer was apparently Shia LaBeouf…

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Now that’s a front page. Australian tabloids have a lot to learn when compared to heavyweights the New York Post. Today’s front page on New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s spending cuts is a thing of beauty…

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The first look at News Corp’s The Daily

“Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday unveiled The Daily, a news app that he hoped would put his News Corporation front and center in the digital newsstand of the near future.” — The New York Times

NY Times defends WikiLeaks collaboration, metered pay wall

“While the NY Times is taking user engagement cues from the Huffington Post, it is taking a page from the Financial Times when it comes to business models. And has its decision to collaborate with WikiLeaks degraded the definition of, and standards for, journalism organizations? ” — Mediashift

Austereo complicates Ten’s ambition: analysts

“Southern Cross Media’s $740 million acquisition of Austereo could complicate Ten Network’s mooted move on Southern Cross, according to Royal Bank of Scotland.” — The Australian

Official: advertisers can say MILF

“It is okay to describe the actress who played Stifler’s mum in American Pie as a MILF, Australia’s advertising watchdog has ruled. The complaint came to the Ad Standards Board over a Ticketmaster promotion for a tour by the actress Jennifer Coolidge which sees her visit Australia in June.” — mUmBRELLA