Perth now has Perth Now. As predicted by Crikey in January, Perth residents have fleetingly enjoyed the glow of new daily newspaper. A physical edition of News Limited’s Perth Now newspaper hit city streets at 2:30pm yesterday afternoon with the very recent news of Steve Jobs’ death splashed across the front page. (Read it here and here.)

The edition commemorates the success of Perth Now‘s iPad app and is unlikely to appear regularly, placing a question mark on Rupert Murdoch’s pronouncement in 2009 that the Sunday Times‘ new building — home of the weekly WA News Limited tabloid — “makes me want to put out a daily newspaper in this city”.

The quality of the stories across the 36 pages sits somewhere between News’ eastern seaboard free sheet MX and the Sunday Times‘ regular offering with a nice yarn on gender bending surgery appearing next to a story on “bargain bites” in the CBD. — Andrew Crook (thanks to @bogurk on Twitter for scanning the images).

Front page of the day. As if the death of Apple’s Steve Jobs wasn’t bad enough, today’s The Independent from the UK has the Bank of England’s governor Sir Mervyn King warning that the financial turmoil being experienced currently could end up being worse that the Great Depression:


Seven fights ACMA finding over tobacco story

“Channel Seven Adelaide is asking a judge to quash a finding that it breached tobacco advertising rules when it broadcast a news story about cheap cigarettes.” — TV Tonight

Protesters plan more ‘Occupied Wall Street Journal‘ issues

“At first, the Occupy Wall Street protesters complained that the media were not covering the movement. Now protesters are complaining that the media are not taking it seriously enough.” — The Cutline

BBC cuts: nearly 2000 jobs to go

“The BBC will axe nearly 2000 jobs as it looks to save £670m a year in long-awaited cost-cutting plans announced on Thursday morning.” — Paid Content

Australian advertisers world’s biggest spenders

“Australian brands spend more on advertising to each individual consumer than any other country in the world, an analysis of global spending data by Mumbrella reveals.” — mUmBRELLA

Message to reporters “screamed at” by sources: toughen up

“At Wednesday’s White House daily briefing, Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Jay Carney to respond to a report that a White House official had ‘screamed and cussed at’ CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, over the unfolding Fast and Furious story.” — Mediaite

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