So long Singer. A surprising tweet from regular Herald Sun columnist Jill Singer last night:

#heraldsun editor just boned me. he will no longer “accommodate” my column. replaced today by an item on … lara bingle.”

Ouch. A reader asked what the topic of her final column was. “About caring for someone with a disability — my severely brain injured partner,” replied Singer.

Singer’s partner, well-known architect Peter Davidson had a severe stroke last year. Singer was involved in a public spat with Davidson’s ex-business partners late last year.

Another Singer fan replied to the columnist on Twitter, saying it was another example of the media getting dumbed down. “Not sure how much dumber it can get though..,” quipped Singer.

Front Page of the Day. Gold Coast United has had its license revoked by the Football Federation of Australia to compete in the A League, with doubts it will even field a team in its remaining four matches. Meanwhile, Gold Coast’s billionaire owner Clive Palmer is in the middle of a very public spat with fellow tycoon — and FFA chairman — Frank Lowy. Today’s Gold Coast Bulletin perfectly sums up where things are at…

The Department of Corrections. They might adore film director Peter Jackson in Middle Earth — err we mean New Zealand — but they don’t think he has a particularly powerful smile. From the February 29 edition of the New Zealand Herald:

Leveson inquiry: police feared attack in News of the World office

“News International “obstructed” the original inquiry into criminal activity at the News of the World, refusing to hand over evidence to police of phone-hacking and thwarting a raid on its east London offices, senior detectives have told the Leveson inquiry into press ethics.” — The Guardian

Macquarie demands MTR funds

“The troubled Melbourne talk radio station MTR1377 is a step closer to death after Macquarie Radio Network (MRN) issued a notice of default to its joint venture partner, Pacific Star Network. ” — The Australian

Seven Network charged over Sunday Night story

“A Sunday Night interview with Peter Falconio’s murderer Bradley John Murdoch has resulted in charges being laid by the Northern Territory police.” — TV Tonight

My Kitchen Rules commissioned for season four

“Network Seven has announced a new season of My Kitchen Rules will go ahead following the success of the current season.” — mUmBRELLA

When will social media elect a president?

“Twitter’s viral marketing is what corporate and political campaigns increasingly thrive on, and today it’s mostly free. By the 2016 election, it’ll surely steal some of the $3 billion in TV ad money.” — The Wall Street Journal

Mormon Church posthumously baptized slain journalist Daniel Pearl

“In yet another public relations embarrassment for the Mormon Church, a Utah researcher has discovered that slain Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl was posthumously baptized last year in a serious breach of church protocol.” — The Los Angeles Times

Half of The New York Times newsroom is politely protesting

“The hallways were impassible outside the daily Page One meeting of the senior-most editors at The New York Times on Wednesday afternoon, due to an unfortunate series of events that has almost 600 journalists up in arms.” — The Atlantic Wire

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