Mar 3, 2014

Media briefs: FT‘s good news … ABC bans GetUp …

Believe it or not, some companies are still making money from print journalism. Plus the ABC cuts GetUp off, and other media tidbits of the day.

Thanks GetUp, but pull the ads: ABC. For those wondering where the “Protect our ABC” billboards on Sydney’s Bayswater Road and Military Road went: it was the ABC that got them taken down. The billboards were erected by lefty activist group GetUp and featured Bananas in Pyjamas, as well as the ABC’s “weave” logo. These trademark images sparked the fears of the ABC’s lawyers.

“While it is clear that your campaign is in support of the ABC, you will appreciate that the ABC is concerned that your distribution of the Works could mislead the public into believing that your organisation is affiliated with the ABC or Bananas in Pyjamas, or is endorsed by the ABC,” the ABC’s senior lawyer Grant McAvaney wrote. Upon receiving the legal letter, GetUp removed the billboards, one of which had been up for two months.

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