Front page of the day. Kevin Rudd’s home-town newspaper, The Courier Mail, today:

Melbourne viewers dip to zero for Breakfast debut

“Ten’s Breakfast faces an uphill task to pull in viewers, ratings from its rushed launch show suggest. It suffered the ignominy of recording no viewers at all in Melbourne for a 15 minute segment of the show.” — mUmBRELLA 

Sun on Sunday: never has a paper launched in such adversity

“Sundays are going to be fascinating for a while after the launch of the Sabbatarian Sun. But rarely has a paper been launched against a background of such adversity.” — The Guardian

Charlotte Church settles over phone hacking

“Singer Charlotte Church has settled her damages claim against News Group Newspapers over the hacking of her phone, London’s High Court has heard.” — BBC

Consolidated Media banks on sports

“The James Packer and Kerry Stokes-backed Consolidated Media Holdings is banking on Foxtel’s merger with Austar and a suite of new sports offerings to drive growth after the tough retail environment hit earnings during the half. ” — The Australian

ABC to trial social media TV

“The ABC is set to trial new technology which integrates Twitter and Facebook integration with on-screen viewing.” — TV Tonight

Wounded journos in Syria appeal for help on YouTube

“A British and a French journalist wounded in the attack that killed Marie Colvin, the Sunday Times war correspondent, issued appeals for their evacuation from Homs as the city came under renewed bombardment by Syrian government forces.” — The Telegraph

Peter Fray

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