Tingle free from the pay wall. The Australian Financial Review is freeing its star columnist Laura Tingle from the confines of its paywall. Tingle’s Canberra Observed column will be a free-for-all, she announced on Twitter (“news that is even bigger than my hairstyle on Insiders on Sunday”), paving the way for more wholesale changes to the disastrous AFR.com portal which locks all its content up to (high) paying subscribers.

“So now you know where to go on a Friday for gardening tips, knitting patterns and guest appearances by Shirty the Slightly Aggresive Bear,” Tingle tweeted. We can’t wait. In the meanwhile, you can read her sermon on Julia Gillard’s take-no-prisoners attitude to Qantas.

Quantas watch. … or is that Quantas? If Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is so concerned about the damage to the Qantas brand, he should be in contact with the following newspaper editors …

Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)

The Citizen (South Africa)

Vox pop of the day. Come on man! Courtesy of the October 20 edition of The WC, a free newspaper/newsletter from West Chester, Pennsylvania …

Front Page of the Day. Today’s UK Independent predicts anything but good news on the world economic front …

The Department of Corrections. When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. Today’s Irish Independent apologises…

Qantas drowns out Melbourne Cup on social media

“The story about Qantas grounding its planes over the weekend has dominated discussions in social media over the last 24 hours.” — mUmBRELLA

Meet China’s Fox News

“On most mornings, the senior editorial staffers at China’s hyper-nationalistic Global Times … commission and edit articles and editorials on topics ranging from asserting China’s unassailable claims to the South China Sea to the United States’ nefarious role in the global financial crisis to the mind-boggling liquor bills of China’s state-owned enterprises, to assemble a slim, 16-page tabloid with a crimson banner and eye-popping headlines.” — Foreign Policy

Phone hacking: Milly Dowler investigation targeted?

“Several police officers who investigated the disappearance and murder of schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002 may have had their phones hacked, a lawyer for Surrey police has told the Leveson inquiry.” — The Guardian

Ten push for local content on digital channels

“Ten has pushed for local content quotas to be applied to digital channels. In a submission to the Convergence Review, TEN wants up to a quarter of each network’s annual quota of drama to be able to be shown on digital channels.” — TV Tonight

Newsweek, The Daily Beast‘s stormy marriage

“It hasn’t stopped raining on the Newsweek-Daily Beast comeback parade, and a new Adweek report suggests the dark clouds might take years to lift. According to Lucia Moses’s estimates, the company lost about $30 million dollars last year, web traffic is soggy at best and Newsweek’s circulation numbers as well as the margins they make from subscription sales are going down the drain.” — The Atlantic Wire