Sep 5, 2012

Media briefs: Media Watch watch … Murdoch $30m bonus … Al Jazeera hacked …

In today's Media Briefs: Front Page of the Day ... ABC MD speaks out on Aunty's sport coverage and ratings ambitions ... Murdoch pockets $30 million ... Al Jazeera website hacked ...

No knee-jerk reaction: Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes has defended his program after The Age’s departing weekday editor Mike van Niekerk wrote a blistering op-ed attacking its latest episode. In the piece, headlined “Media Watch should keep to the standards it espouses”, van Niekerk lashes Holmes for not contacting him before implying he was leaving Fairfax because of declining editorial standards.

At the end of Monday night’s episode, which covered the latest redundancy rounds at Fairfax and News Limited, Holmes replayed part of a 2008 interview in which van Niekerk said he would “get out of this business” if the company cut back on quality journalism. Holmes then noted: “That was then, and this is now. One of the senior editors to take a redundancy package from The Age last week was Mike van Niekerk.”

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2 thoughts on “Media briefs: Media Watch watch … Murdoch $30m bonus … Al Jazeera hacked …

  1. klewso

    “$30 million” – a case of “who pays the piper runs the paper”?

  2. Bob the builder

    You certainly shouldn’t be pointing out typos – for all its wonderfulness, the sub-editing on Crikey is woeful or non-existent.

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