Aug 29, 2014

Media briefs: Strewthwatchwatch … ABC cuts ‘substantial’ … Oz price hike …

Next week the Oz's Monday-to-Friday cover price rises from $2.20 to $2.50. And other media tidbits of the day.

Strewthwatchwatch. With Christian Kerr apparently benched for the duration of Strewthpremo James Jeffrey’s absence, Natasha Robinson took over — and filled the column with two items about Crikey, including one about Strewthwatch, somewhat mitigating the column’s post-Christian return to form with a couple of actual yarns. Ms Stand-in Strewth describes our Kerr ratio — of stories that are actually new to readers, i.e. stories, to those got from meeja while morosely surfing the net — as “brain-stretching”. Oh dear. Let’s hope she’s not a courtesy hire, like Miranda Devine. Given that Jeffrey actually works the column, this may be your last Strewthwatch — sad news for the News Corp employees who contacted us to say how much they enjoyed Christian being nailed for phoning it in. — Guy Rundle

ABC staff ask for transparency. Following Crikey’s report yesterday that budget cuts to the ABC are likely going to be well north of the 4% figure floated in the press earlier in the year, ABC staff are gathering signatures for a petition asking the ABC board to be more transparent in its plans for the ABC. They want board minutes published, and a public consultation about the ABC’s role in society, as opposed to changes being foisted on the organisation’s staff as a done deal.

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