Aug 5, 2014

Media briefs: Strewth! … Markson v Go … more newspaper spin-offs

James Jeffreys leaves large shoes to fill. And other media tidbits of the day.

Tell us something we don’t know. We know that Christian Kerr is employed in the Strewth column on the Peter Luck/Grant Denyer principle — never get anyone in who won’t ensure you’re missed — but, well, strewth! He’s going into injury time with James Jeffreys’ long departure. Monday’s column had items got from: The Bolt Report, The Advertiser, a book just out on Nixon, a gag working off old news about Glenn Druery, and an item from the BBC website. Mate, the whole point of the column is to tell us something we don’t know, not to surf all day and make lame comments. On Friday, even dutiful News drone Rebecca Weisser managed a juicy bit on Kathy Jackson’s personal life and some inside goss on the RET before falling back into company line. The day before that it was Christian again — with items from Bob Carr’s Diaries, Mark Latham’s latest, the Hockey biography, and a tweet/plug from Rob Oakeshott. “Books, books, books … They’re everywhere,” moaned Christian. They are if you never go out, or make a phone call. Hurry back, JJ, before CK starts reciting the Hobart White Pages.

Meanwhile, Oz media editor Sharri Markson would like you to know that she is not happy that Marina Go, CEO of Private Media (which owns Crikey), apparently tweeted unkind things from The Australian‘s 50th birthday bash — didn’t hear about? Yes, they’re 50, how bout that! (they didn’t want a fuss) — and it wasn’t nice at all to spoil their fun. — Guy Rundle

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