Guthrie pours cold water on Auntie’s hot takes According to The Guardian, newish ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie is axing opinion website The Drum (though the SMH says the decision was more news director Gaven Morris’). The TV show will continue.

The site is currently edited by Chip Rolley, and its founding editor was Jonathan Green, previously Crikey’s editor. The Guardian says the site is shutting this week. — Myriam Robin

Turnbull’s Sky snub? Malcolm Turnbull told Sky News’ David Speers he would not appear on the channel as long as Peta Credlin remained a key commentator, Australian journalist Pamela Williams has written in a behind-the-scenes piece on the Liberal campaign today.

“On June 1, a senior member of Turnbull’s staff approached David Speers at Parliament House in Canberra … It was made clear to Speers that while Sky might want to host more debates (after a first ‘people’s forum’ conducted on May 13), there would be none on Sky involving the Prime Minister so long as ­Abbott’s former chief of staff, Peta Credlin, ­remained on the payroll as an election commentator.

“It was a threat as clear as a sledgehammer, and taken as such. Speers immediately contacted his boss, Sky chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos. It was clear the Prime Minister’s Office regarded Credlin with deadly venom. While she was on Sky, Turnbull would not appear.”

According to the piece, Frangopoulos said he raised the matter with the prime minister’s office, and had nothing else to say.

Turnbull did participate in a debate hosted by Sky News — the first of the campaign. But he refused participation in a second, instead opting to speak to the ABC’s 7.30 that night and scheduling another Facebook debate with Turnbull did not give any one-on-one campaign interviews to Sky News during the campaign — or to any television apart from the ABC. Most of his interviews were with local radio.

Tensions between the Turnbull camp and Sky were first revealed during the campaign when the Prime Minister said Sky had issued him with a “decree” about attending the network’s people’s forum. Sky hosts dismissed this characterisation, saying it had been merely an invitation.

If Turnbull did ask Sky to sack Credlin, his actions would mirror those of Tony Abbott, who asked the editor of The Australian to sack Nikki Savva, a critic of Abbott’s government and the prime minister’s chief of staff, Credlin. — Myriam Robin

In this market? A new UK paper for Remain voters (called “remainders” by some unkind souls) has (literally) popped up. Called The New European it will go on sale on Friday priced at 2 pounds and will target what publisher Archant says is the “dismayed and disenfranchised” proportion of the UK population that voted against  to remain in the EU and not Brexit. Archant is a privately owned media group with a mixed collection of regional papers (several in and around London) and small magazines in the UK.

UK media reports said The New European will initially be published for four weeks and will have a “six-figure” print run. It will be distributed in London, the south of England, Manchester and Liverpool — areas that voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU in the June 23 referendum. A decision about its life beyond four weeks will come towards the end of that period, with no assurances that it will continue.

The new paper comes as UK newspapers face a continuing slide in print ad revenues and circulation. Last Friday, Trinity Mirror, the publisher of the Daily and Sunday Mirror warned that its revenues are continuing to slide (down 8% overall in the first six months of the current financial year, with print ad revenues down 17%, with circulation revenues down 5%). — Glenn Dyer

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