Jan 23, 2013

Media briefs: Foxtel spin … summer sillies …

Liberal frontbencher Eric Abetz lays the boot into The Global Mail. And other media tidbits.

Foxtel spin: you'll probably pay more. A classic example of spin by Foxtel in its press release yesterday headed "Background brief -- Foxtel aligns regional and metropolitan subscription packages":
"In March we will introduce a standardised price and package structure (see attachment) which will create a simple and unified national system. Naturally, as we are aligning different and quite complex pricing structures, there will be some customers who will pay a little more and some who will pay the same or less than they currently do. This will be true for both regional and metropolitan customers. "Approximately 25% of subscribers will save money, around 25% will experience no change in their price and fewer than 1% will receive an increase of more than $3.05. The total monthly recurring revenue Foxtel receives from subscribers will not increase as a result of these changes."
That might be the case, but look at the stats. In stating 25% of subscribers will save money and 25% will pay no more or less, it's really saying half the company's 2.3 to 2.4 million subscribers will pay more. As a result, 50% or so of Foxtel's subscribers will effectively be subsidising the price cut for 25% of subscribers who will pay less. That sounds a bit too democratic for the likes of a company half-owned by News Corporation and the Murdoch family. -- Glenn Dyer Summer sillies. Crikey's search for the silliest summer stories continues with some ripsnorting entries from Fairfax's metro websites yesterday. First up: entertainment and lifestyle reporter Jenna Clarke took a fresh angle on the Presidential inauguration in her piece "Michelle Obama goes Canberra chic". How so? Apparently the bangs favoured by Mrs Obama have long been in vogue in our national capital. The story speaks for itself:

"Bangs and blow dries are back but it seems the hairstyle sweeping the brow of Michelle Obama never left Canberra.

"'Her look is nothing ground breaking it is a very neat layered bob that has been straightened then blow dried smooth, my clients have been doing that for years,' senior stylist at Kingston’s Form Haircutters Chad Wijayatilake told Fairfax.

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5 thoughts on “Media briefs: Foxtel spin … summer sillies …

  1. klewso

    And after FWA has cleaned up TGM, perhaps they’ll get a go at cleaning up the stables at Parliament House?

  2. zut alors

    The Daily Telegraph can photoshop Stephen Conroy to the limits of their inventiveness but he’ll never look as big a too1 as Abbott did in the (non-photoshopped) fire fighter’s gear.

  3. klewso

    Is Tele-fibbies after the NT News clown …. sorry “crown”?
    As “MT News”?

  4. AR

    Nobody likes a good kick like Erica but, to be unfair, TGM “headlines” are dated 23rd, 18th, then 15,14…
    For a news site that is… irrelevance.

  5. klewso

    Considering how much of our news we get strained through “Rupert’s Undies”? Smeared across their viewspapers?
    They reckon someone else should be wearing those “red undies of arrogance”?

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