Journalism

May 6, 2014

A lot of moolah for a mogul melee … will it pay off for News Corp?

What you do when you don't own the photos to the mogul punch-up of the decade. And what you do when you do. Will News Corp's expensive scoop pay off?

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

What do you do when you can't show the photos? You get the cartoonists on it. That was how Fairfax tackled the millionaire mogul punch-up of the decade ...

It's News Corporation rivals, meanwhile, splashed big on the story. It got more coverage in most of the company's tabloids than the Commission of Audit did last week -- a full nine pages in The Daily Telegraph, seven in the Herald Sun, six in The Courier-Mail, four in The Advertiser and two in the NT News. Editors are trying to justify the investment of the company -- reportedly between $210,000 and $250,000 for 50 snaps and a short video of the fight.

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9 thoughts on “A lot of moolah for a mogul melee … will it pay off for News Corp?

  1. prodigy

    Who gives a rats ….

  2. MJPC

    Prodigy,
    Two capitalist schoolboy “friends” going the biff…I am with you.
    Just goes to show that money does not beget civility.

  3. Raaraa

    7 pages of massive photos in the local Hun. It’s as if they’re trying to drown out some other news….

  4. mikeb

    I found this wallowing in tabloid muck strangely satisfying.

  5. JacetheAce

    This is not about News Corp making money; this is about Lachlan helping out Jamie and turning the whole thinkg into a big, harmless joke. The Tele and Herald Sun, who have dedicated endless front pages to ‘senseless street violence’ and ‘drunken, yobbo hoodlums’ now decides that that violence, when perpeatrated by rich and influential men is, really, nothing more than a bit of good old biff. As if this had been Joe and Tim Blow coming to loggerheads, and no-one’s the worse for wear. All good, Australian fun.

    Next week, when this is all forgotten and police action ceased (because what kind of wowser would take this seriously!), we’ll have a story about some up and coming 18 year old footballer king hit in the Cross and the hoodlum who bashed him held up to scorn and ridicule with some pithy headline.

  6. AR

    If anti theist such as I am inclined to offer a libation at the altar of Nemesis.
    Hubris’ fishnet tights are now torn & stained.

  7. Matt Hardin

    When are they going to be charged? There seems to be enough evidence that assault has taken place.

  8. AR

    Shoutjock Hately going nuts about public violence on Wed. morning but this wasn’t it. This was just two mates doing wot mates do.
    No, the public were involved, hence the name of the charge, “public affray”.
    It is our sense of civis that has been affronted, violated and they should be charged, just like in Mt Druitt & Moree, every night & day.

  9. klewso

    Just more dispensing of indulgences by our media.
    Against their otherwise high profile condemnation of public assault, what does their treatment of this incident – with Limited News’s “paw prints” all over it – say of their real attitude for the general public?

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