Tips and rumours

Apr 28, 2017

Tips and rumours

Honours for Alan Jones ... tomorrow's culture war ... Advance Australia Fair for the modern era ...

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

We'd like to honour ... Alan Jones? A few years ago the Melbourne Press Club made the decision to extend its Hall of Fame honours to journos from outside Victoria, and a new set of inductions is set to take place in Sydney in November later this year. A tipster has told Crikey that among those set to join Michelle Grattan, Alan Kohler, Rupert Murdoch and many others is none other than Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones. While Jones' longevity in the industry is undeniable, his contribution to national debate in the public interest is questionable. While getting sued for defamation is no barrier to accolades as a journalist (and nor should it be), Jones has been censured by the Australian Communications and Media Authority for his comments before the Cronulla riots and his comments on climate change. He was also left without advertisers for a period in 2012 after his comments at a Sydney University Liberal Club event that then-prime minister Julia Gillard's father had "died of shame".

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