Today in Media Files, how the UK papers have covered the horrific London building fire and more departures from Fairfax.

UK front pages. Incredible pictures of the horror building fire in London are the focus of this morning’s papers in the UK:

Fairfax departures. Sydney Morning Herald managing editor Stuart Washington is among the latest confirmed to be leaving Fairfax in the latest round of cuts. Washington is a former business writer and is the media federal director of the journalists’ union, the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance. Beau Donnelly will be leaving The Age this week after seven years, The Age‘s homepage editor Dan Harrison finishes up today, and digital journalist Richard McLeish has already finished. Reporter Deborah Gough has left after 30 years. The Age‘s health reporter Rania Spooner will have her last day tomorrow. Crikey‘s wrap of those leaving is here.

Where are the lady journalists? As Tracey Spicer has pointed out on Twitter this morning, NSW’s Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism is a bit of a sausage fest when you look at the awards named after distinguished journalists. Out of 13 awards named after journalists, not a single one is a woman:

It has echoes of one of the greatest movies about journalism, Anchorman: “It is anchorman, not anchorlady, and that is a scientific fact!”.

Fox is no longer ‘Fair and Balanced’. Fox News has dropped its long-time slogan, “fair and balanced”, to be replaced with “Most watched. Most trusted”. The former was introduced under the founding former boss the late Roger Ailes, who died last month after leaving the network amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings. Nine’s night in the metros (and in a couple of important demos), Seven’s in the regions. Masterchef Australia was a lonely beacon of quality with 1.2 million national viewers. But Nine’s AFL Footy Show had another poor night with just 293,000 national viewers, of which 236,000 were in the metros and 159,000 were in Melbourne (155,000 last week). The 7.30pm lead-in Britain’s Got Talent had over 900,000 national viewers, including 211,000 in Melbourne. The Footy Show lost a quarter of those from 9pm. Kill it, it is a waste of time and money. In NRL markets Nine showed yet another episode of its biggest loser for 2017, Last Resort, at 9pm. It could only manage 226,000 nationally, with 87,000 of those in Sydney (and just 144,000 in the metros). Britain’s Got Talent had 207,000 in Sydney as the lead-in, so Last Resort was rejected by more than half that audience. They were good TV judges.

In regional markets it was Seven News again with 716,000 people, followed by Seven News/Today Tonight with 563,000, then Home and Away with 532,000 and Border Security and the 5.30pm part of the Chase Australia equal on 444,000.

News Breakfast’s national audience topped the 290,000 mark for the first time in ages, with 101,000 watching on ABC News (News 24) — the terrible London fire seems to have been the reason. Oddly though, while Today did OK in the metros with 287,000, its regional audience fell sharply to just 94,000, while Sunrise had 249,000 in the regions — and 293,000 in the metros. Sunrise all up had 542,000 national viewers and Today a very low 381,000. 

Tonight the latest series of The Family Law starts on SBS — watch it. Seven has Geelong against the Weagles from Perth. Read the rest on the Crikey website

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