Oct 3, 2012

Scoop swiping back as Sydney tabs rumble over Alan Jones

News Limited and Fairfax are at war over stolen Sunday newspaper scoops. But the practice is hardly new, in both camps.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Sydney’s Sunday newspaper wars — thought to have dwindled after The Sun-Herald effectively vacated the space by posting a record 19% circulation drop — are back raging, this time over the sordid Alan Jones scoop saga.

As Crikey reported yesterday, a swingeing legal letter sent to Fairfax by eagles acting for outgoing Sunday Telegraph editor Neil Breen accused his rivals of swiping his Jones exclusive, and also detailed a litany of past instances where The Sun-Herald nicked his copy without attribution.

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6 thoughts on “Scoop swiping back as Sydney tabs rumble over Alan Jones

  1. klewso

    “Dog – eat dog”

  2. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    “Breen’s beaks cited the lifting of an exclusive Sunday Tele photo from last year’s Queensland floods…”. I think someone has commented about this particular use of the expression “beaks” before. The writer appears to be using it as a catch-all for lawyers or solicitors or whatever. The dictionary refers to “a magistrate or schoolmaster”. Certainly in popular TV (especially English) magistrates are referred to as beaks. Are any magistrates involved with this tabloid argy-bargy?

  3. Michael O'Brien

    Agree with previous comment re incorrect usage of beak to mean lawyer. Certainly PG Wodehouse used the term beak to refer to a judge or magistrate.

  4. Andrew Crook

    Yeah, probably more a judge. Although the 3RRR show Lawyers Guns and Money had a great segment called ‘beak of the week’, and the guests were never just magistrates or judges, as this helpful blog post explains.

  5. klewso

    I think I first came across it with Rumpole (or his lag clients) using it to refer to them – when speaking of “judges” (though not within their earshot)?

  6. Edward James

    The beak sits on the bench Edward james

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