Longer, softer Meet The Press.
The creeping takeover of the Ten Network by the Murdoch media empire continues. Not content to have an increasing proportion of its prime-time schedule in the hands of Shine and Fox -- both controlled by News -- Ten plans to outsource an expanded Meet The Press
to News Limited. While Ten will have "editorial control", News will supply the on-air talent.
Meet the Press
will be expanded to an hour at 10.30am -- it starts from February 17, two weeks after Insiders
resumes on ABC1 this Sunday -- and move away from politics to include lifestyle and sport, competing more directly with Seven's Weekend Sunrise
and Nine's Weekend Today
. The plan is for The Bolt Report
to return in March at 10am as a lead-in (further adding to the Murdoch's control of the editorial direction of Ten, with its star Herald Sun
columnist as host). Ten says a cut-down version of Meet The Press
will air at 4.30pm -- the slot Andrew Bolt had last year. Will his repeat be scrapped?
It could all be seen as a backdoor attempt to start a Breakfast
-style program on Sunday mornings. The new host is Kathryn Robinson, who hosted the boned Breakfast
last year. Paul Bongiorno is out. -- Glenn Dyer
Fin Review gets thicker.
Property hunters need not rush to their newsagents on Saturday morning any longer -- just get your copy of the Australian Financial Review
the day before. From today, the Fin
will run the Fairfax Domain real estate liftout in its Friday edition.
In a statement, Financial Review Group Chief Executive and Publisher Brett Clegg said Domain was an exciting addition: "Our high net worth and savvy investor audience will now have access to a complete end-to-end property bible with our market leading commercial property coverage, Life & Leisure and now Domain." To coincide with the launch, the section has been given a makeover complete with sans serif fonts, lime green breakout boxes and a navy blue colour scheme. -- Tom Cowie
149 or 150?
A massive story for the media yesterday, as embattled Labor MP Craig Thomson was arrested by police on 149 counts of fraud. Or was it 150? The media was going with both numbers yesterday, sometimes referring to one charge relating to $330 and a credit card
(and then an extra 149 on top of that).
So which is it? Well according to Victoria Police's media unit, who Crikey
spoke with this morning, the real number is 149 charges. NSW Police deferred to their southern colleagues. So we think that means the Herald Sun
got it right with their massive splash this morning: