Tips and rumours

Nov 9, 2012

Tips and rumours

ABC funding nerves under a Coalition ... Fairfax's move to tabloid ... latest Murdoch emigres ...

ABC under Libs: funding nerves. How nervous are ABC types about a Coalition government? Quite. Quentin Dempster certainly expressed his concern about the next triennial funding negotiations — put off until 2013, with a final outcome probably after the next federal poll — as he conceded defeat in pushing for an ABC board position (read our story later on). And we hear management types are looking at contingency plans if Tony Abbott does gut the broadcaster as many fear. Negotiations are expected to start with Labor early next year. ABC and SBS will probably send their submissions in February.

Fairfax tabloids timetable. We don’t think there’s any truth to the rumour we heard from one newsagent that Fairfax might bring forward the tabloidisation of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald from the announced launch next March. There’s plenty more to be done in rejigging the papers for the smaller format and the embattled company is sticking to its first-quarter timetable.

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