Sky sets the agenda, The Oz declares. The following byline-free article — headlined “Political TV that sets Sunday agenda” — appeared on The Australian website yesterday afternoon. We believe it speaks for itself…

AUSTRALIAN Agenda on Sky News set the pace for Sunday political television today with an in-depth interview with Julia Gillard.

The Prime Minister took questions from The Australian’s Paul Kelly and Peter van Onselen.

Ten Network’s Meet the Press welcomed Kevin Rudd while his opposition counterpart Julie Bishop spoke to Nine’s Laurie Oakes.

On ABC1’s Insiders, Barrie Cassidy’s guest was Trade Minister Craig Emerson.

Australian Agenda is increasingly the choice for informed political observers who prefer substance to sound-bites. Political leaders too are increasingly showing a preference for Australian Agenda, where informed public policy debate takes preference over pop-videos.

Watch the video above and Cassidy’s interview with Emerson here and decide for yourself.

Front page of the day. Glasgow’s Weekend Evening Times front page from the weekend is a classic. Scary mouse and all…

BBC World Service signs funding deal with US state dept

“The BBC World Service is to receive a “significant” sum of money from the US government to help combat the blocking of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China.” — The Guardian

How the NYT’s paywall compares to those of other big papers

“When the New York Times puts up its paywall later this month, it will be the fifth newspaper among the top 50 by circulation in the U.S. to charge for online access; a sixth, its sibling Boston Globe, is expected to do so later this year.” — Paid Content

Young web journalist killed in attacks on Benghazi

“Mohammed al-Nabbous, a young Libyan journalist who launched a Web channel that helped generate public outrage against Gaddafi over the last several weeks, was killed in the attacks that pro-Gaddafi forces carried out in Benghazi Saturday.” — France24

Why bad journalism has driven me to desperate ends

“In retrospect, I should have had this idea before, but I guess today I just hit critical mass (not sure if it’s appropriate to use a nuclear energy turn of phrase here): one too many pieces of bad journalism. So I decided to start a wiki Bad Journalism Wall of Shame and invite some of the other people who were frustrated with some of the shoddy, alarmist, and shocking wrong journalism we’ve seen since last Friday’s Tohoku quake.” — A perfect lover has no memory

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