Feb 6, 2012

Global Mail born … Monckton TV … the FitzShameless …

Welcome to the neighbourhood, Global Mail. After a few teething problems -- it didn't quite launch at midnight as expected, and the site crashed briefly this morning under the traffic load. Plus other media news.

Monica Attard’s Global Mail is born. Welcome to the neighbourhood, Global Mail. After a few teething problems — it didn’t quite launch at midnight as expected, and the site crashed briefly this morning under the traffic load — the brave new experiment in non-profit, philanthropic journalism has arrived. The slick, magazine-style website, gifted to ex-ABC journo Monica Attard by Greens-supporting multimillionaire Graeme Wood, was rich with content this morning, leading with investigations into the healthcare register and energy costs (by ex-Sixty Minutes star Ellen Fanning) and dispatches from ex-ABC correspondents Michael Maher (New York) and Jess Hill(Cairo).

As Crikey first revealed in July, Attard has squeezed $15 million out of Wood to set up the enterprise, modelled on ProPublica in the US, with an impressive roster of staff at Sydney HQ and around the world. Attard is now the envy of editors everywhere, with no traffic targets (as she insisted in a chat with The Australian), advertising interference and a budget Wood has apparently guaranteed for five years. She’ll look at ways to raise revenue so the outlet can pay some of its way, but subscriptions and ads are off the table. We watch with interest. — Jason Whittaker

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10 thoughts on “Global Mail born … Monckton TV … the FitzShameless …

  1. klewso

    Wapping News? “….a move which leading media and human rights lawyers say puts press freedom in jeopardy.”?
    So what did “News Corpse” do when left to their own devices and “self-regulation” – left to let their consciences be their guide – left to “market forces” (which are supposed to “balance” private enterprise?) – to “the freedoms of others”? To that same “press freedom” – if not crap all over it?
    If these “Murdoch clowns can’t be trusted any further than they can spit” – supposedly left in charge with what they have (“distributing news” – and can’t smell a story like that, right under their collective noses), they have to be supervised until they can show they can be – shouldn’t they?

  2. klewso

    And why would anyone think Ms Rhinehart (with her conservative opinions and money) has “interfered” at TEN (or any other time of day?) – after that vicious, take-no-prisoners bidding war to remake “Blott on the Political Landscape”?

  3. klewso

    And that UpStart “map” – what percentage of us (including voters) live under those same “clouds”?

  4. rubiginosa

    Does anyone seriously think Rinehart will achieve similar success if she tries to dominate Fairfax?

    A deeply unserious Ian Hanke thinks so:

  5. zut alors

    Jason Whittaker on Bolt and Monckton: ‘… on where that plan may be at.’

    The above assemblage of words guarantees Crikey readers will wince. What were you thinking! Or should that read: what were you thinking at?

  6. jeff holland

    Thanks for the tip on Global Mail, its very good.

    I pay for Crikey just to support an independent point of view, and GM would be the same as Propublica, they’ll get donations if they ask.

    I wonder how The Australians pay-per-view is going?

  7. Lord Barry Bonkton

    Wonder if Global Mail will get any mention tonight on their “news ” channels including abc ?? or Get-up’s video ??

  8. Jeremy Williams

    I thought bolt’s show, as awful as it it did ok, not the viewers of insiders but from memory I thought it had over 100 000 per episode. Anyone know about this ???

  9. arthur.hanlon

    In all the comments about Gina Rinehart’s motivation for her purchase of Channel 10 shares, nobody seems to have recalled her own father’s long-lived but ultimately pathetic foray into journalism.

    Three years ago saw the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Sunday Independent in Perth in 1969. As Welsh Pool, I pointed out in Crikey on this anniversary that Lang Hancock and his then partner E. A. Wright started the paper with the idea of frightening federal politicians. It preached secession and nuclear power, among other things. It attracted disaeffected journos from around Australia and there was even a daily edition (The Sun) in 1973, which lasted 29 issues.

    The Independent struggled on for years from a glorified shed in Welshpool until it was bought by Murdoch and finally absorbed into the Perth Sunday Times.

    Perhaps Gina has not forgotten her father’s interest in media, and his ultimate humiliation with the demise of this rag.

    – Welsh Pool.

  10. klewso

    “Upstart”? Who “funds” it?
    It’s not a case of trying to counter the argument that “Limited News controls too much of our (views)media” ergo “Here’s a map of the limitations of what they own, really. Isn’t it small?”?

    Are they seriously contending that the likes of the “Curry-or Maul” doesn’t get to all those white bits of Queensland/or “The Tally” doesn’t reach Mildura, Broken Hill or Tibooburra/”The Tizer” is confined to Adelaide, etc “influencing voter perception”? That “reach” really isn’t all that large – when represented like this?

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