Today in Media Files, Schapelle Corby is coming home, and we see the bad and good in the media in the wash-up of the Manchester bombings.

Quadrant apologises, doesn’t remove article. Quadrant has apologised for an opinion piece by online editor Roger Franklin in which he said he wished the ABC had been bombed instead of the Manchester concert venue. Editor-in-chief Keith Windschuttle sent a letter to ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie yesterday afternoon after she wrote to the magazine demanding the article be removed and the magazine apologise. This morning the article was still on the website, and the apology had not been posted to Quadrant‘s website. The ABC has reported that the article is not accessible from within the ABC, but it could be having trouble accessing the site because of what we would expect is unprecedented traffic to Quadrant caused by the controversy.

Katie Hopkins calls for ‘final solution’. In another attempt by UK Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins to be the worst, she responded to the Manchester bombing by tweeting the need for a “final solution”. 

The tweet, since deleted and replaced, has been referred to Metropolitan police, who are reviewing it. Hopkins replaced the tweet to remove the wording used by Nazis to refer to the Holocaust.

Delivering kindness. Reporters at the Manchester Evening News continue to put countless hours into the story that’s shaken their city. In a touching gesture, US paper The Boston Globe bought pizza to be delivered to their transatlantic colleagues, tweeted by Evening News editor Rob Irvine:

Chasing Schapelle. Schapelle Corby is due to return home to Australia over the weekend after serving her parole period in Bali for smuggling marijuana in 2004, and news organisations are gearing up for full coverage of the story. Corby is reportedly not going to be allowed to return unless she reports to authorities by tomorrow — a condition of her parole. She’s been saying she can’t because of the media packs camped outside her Bali home. Unsurprisingly, Corby didn’t answer the door for A Current Affair‘s Chris Allen when he came knocking.

In his report, Allen then popped up at Corby’s mum Rosleigh Rose’s house in Loganlea — where he was simply told “bye” — turned up near her sister Mercedes’ place in the southern end of the Gold Coast, and then went to at a bar and cafe previously owned by Mercedes, where Schapelle apparently won’t be celebrating her 40th birthday.

Even The Australian is getting in on the action, printing a photograph today of a startled-looking Rose outside Mercedes’ house next to a wheelie bin.

The picture came from Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, which had a full interview with Rose.

Corby’s parole officer Ni Suriaki Ketut told AAP: “Please no more foreigners like this. It makes us so busy. We’re tired. Please just one Corby.” We’re sure that’s a sentiment felt around Bali.

Won’t someone please pie Latho? Following the pie-ing of Qantas supremo Alan Joyce, B-list celebs are living in fear of an attack. Not F-lister Mark Latham. He welcomes it:

Indeed encourages it:

Won’t please someone pie Mark Latham?

— Guy Rundle

Stan and deliver. Fairfax might be clutching at straws with its cross-promotion of part-owned video streaming service Stan. Think carefully — what could the correct answer be for this question in The Age‘s super quiz?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings. A close night, but 7.30 again sank in the metros to under 500, 000 — but in the regions it improved. House Rules ruled again for Seven — second nationally with more than 1.5 million viewers. Masterchef had 1.09 million and faded badly in the regions. Ten said it was the most watched program last night in the 25 to 54 demographic, but that was only in the metros. TV is a national business these days, but bragging rights are bragging rights when you are grimly hanging on by your fingernails. 

Seven easily won the regions with the five most watched programs: Seven News was tops again with 680,000 people, followed by House Rules with 642,000, then Home and Away with 524,000, with Seven News/Today Tonight with 512,000 in fourth and the 5.30pm bit of The Chase Australia was fifth with 482,000.

Seven News was again weak on the East Coast, but still had enough from big margins in Adelaide and Perth to win the metros, and enough of a boost from the regions to clearly top the national list.  In breakfast Today was a narrow metro winner, but lost again by a big margin nationally to Sunrise. Tonight there’s AFL on Seven with the Cats playing Port, while Janet King returns to the ABC and Ten has Masterchef at 7.30pm.– Read the rest on the Crikey website

Peter Fray

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