Murdoch to blame for Ten’s ratings woes. In an article in today’s media section in The Australian about the ratings weakness and other problems at the Ten Network, they manage to completely avoid who was running the network in 2011, when many of the programming decisions were put in place (such as the expensive and so far weak Breakfast program). Of course the interim CEO last year was Lachlan Murdoch, the well-known chip off the News Corporation block.

Murdoch remains chairman of Ten, which leaked to The Australian Financial Review today that it plans to sell its Eye outdoor business. Ten has more than $350 million in debt, so any money raised will be welcome. Lachlan Murdoch, of course, also head-hunted Ten CEO James Warburton from the Seven Network, another point avoided in this morning’s article. — Glenn Dyer

The Department of Corrections. It was nice to see The Cairns Weekend Post put its hand up for this error in its weekend edition on Saturday:

Libya frees two British journos accused of spying

“Two British journalists who were arrested last month by a Libyan militia group and accused of spying have been released and cleared of all charges, Libya’s Interior Ministry has said.” — The Guardian

Ten looks to sell Eye

“Ten has become the latest Australian media company to consider selling its outdoor advertising assets, informing the ASX that it is going through a strategic review that could lead to the sale of Eye Corp.” — mUmBRELLA

Negative exposure over rights for photo contest

“The popular Fairfax Media-Elders Australian Year of the Farmer photo competition has been accused of being a secret ‘rights grab’ because it requires photographers to surrender all copyright so their work can be used without payment in a coffee table book and calendar.” — The Australian

Theater, disguised as real journalism

“Mr. Daisey’s one-man show, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, closed its very successful run at the Public Theater in New York on Sunday.” — The New York Times

8200 researchers call for science journals to open access

“Academic research is behind bars and an online boycott by 8209 researchers (and counting) is seeking to set it free … well, more free than it has been” — Singularity Hub

How Kony succeeded beyond wildest expectations

“There has been much discussion about the video’s impact in the days since Kony 2012 launched, but unfortunately almost none of the opinions have come from the three countries currently affected by the LRA. ” — Foreign Policy

US judge rules that you can’t copyright pi

“The mathematical constant pi continues to infinity, but an extraordinary lawsuit that centred on this most beloved string of digits has come to an end. Appropriately, the decision was made on Pi Day.” — New Scientist

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