Apr 3, 2014

Media briefs: Oz b-day … exclusive watch … Optus oops …

Guess whose birthday it is! Guess whose! OK, it's not till July, but guess! The Australian is giving everyone plenty of time to buy it the best presents. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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.”

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3 thoughts on “Media briefs: Oz b-day … exclusive watch … Optus oops …

  1. zut alors

    Re the Clive Palmer interview: a brilliant example of what the Oz public would be subjected to without the high standard set by the ABC. This is the alternative, folks.

    Peter Meakin would do well to stop such unfettered drivel going to air whilst trying to promote Ten as a network with news credibility. No number of promos featuring Monroe, Riminton et al can counteract the paucity of talent on this panel. While Palmer can sometimes appear to be the clown he had stiff competition from this bunch, they claimed his title outright. No contest.

  2. Liamj

    50th birthday for The Australian, what to get the spoilt child of the worlds most reactionary sugar daddy: freedom from his creepily constant controlling gaze would be best, but failing that, colonic irrigation, 200mg of lsd, and a puppy.

  3. JohnB

    My wife has decided not to pay $120 per year to get behind Hoopla’s paywalls.

    That frees up half an hour daily for “kitchen, church and children” as the pastor at our wedding described women’s place.

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