It was The Oz that won it:
Like an expectant child wanting to give its parents lots of time to organise the birthday presents, News Corp's corporate affairs team yesterday gave Australia's media writers plenty of time to plan for its 50th birthday. The Australian
launched on July 15, 1964, and we can expect News Corp to go all out. There'll be a "special digital hub" (so, a website) dedicated to the anniversary, a digital re-creation of the very first edition, a series of articles in the paper looking at the organ's history, and a glossy collectors' edition magazine, celebrating the best of 50 years.
The paper's achievement's haven't always come easy. As editor Chris Mitchell said in the release, not everyone has agreed with the positions the paper took on important matters like floating the dollar, supporting competition and opposing the waste of public money. "But I think 23 years of uninterrupted growth -- driven by key policies we advocated and implemented by brave politicians from both sides of politics -- says we were right on the big issues."
We'd like to plan our own celebration for the paper's big five-oh, but are somewhat stuck for ideas. A pinanta? Do we bake a cake in the shape of Chris Mitchell's face? Or do we make presents -- complaints to ACMA about the ABC perhaps? If you've got an idea of how we can do our bit for the national celebrations, we'd love to hear it
. -- Myriam Robin
Exclusive watch: The Hoopla.
We can't imagine how any other media organisation could have known The Hoopla
was putting up a paywall (The Hoopla
at left, The Australian
But seriously, The Hoopla
is going behind a $120-a-year paywall ($75 if you get in before May 11). "The brutal fact is that we can no longer survive on advertising alone", CEO Jane Waterhouse said in a statement. There's a video explaining the decision here
. On the video, editor Wendy Harmer expands on the theme: "To pay our writers fairly... would take a great deal of advertising, and we know our readers are not interested in the pop-up ads." The website is also pioneering a 99c single-day pass for those keen on checking it out.
Correction of the day
: This one's on Optus. A series of ads broadcast between January 26 and February 18, when the Victorian Supreme Court told Optus to stop airing it
, seems to have got quite a few things wrong (one example of the ads pictured below).