Sunday Age censured for strip search report. The Australian Press Council has censured The Sunday Age for publishing playwright Barry Dickins' account of being searched by Victoria Police without going to police for comment, and then not publishing a correction after Dickins faced court for making a false statement. In Dickins' piece, published in October, 2015, he said he'd been stopped and searched by two police officers in Carlton, apparently suspected of stealing a T-shirt. He said the officers told him to drop his pants, and took photos of his pubic hair. This account was later found to be false by a magistrate, and Dickins was put on a good behaviour bond for making a false report. The Sunday Age reported the court case, but did not publish a correction. Victoria Police complained to the Press Council, which found the paper had breached standards requiring it to ensure the article was accurate and not misleading, and the court report was not sufficient to correct the record. The Sunday Age published the adjudication yesterday, as required by the Press Council, but has still not published a correction.
Fairfax's 'good news'. Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood has made a bold promise to shareholders about the company's future for print newspapers -- one that News Corp is yet to make. At last week's annual meeting, Hywood said Fairfax was committed to "producing our print products seven days a week for years to come", despite current guidance that it could lose $180 million in its newspaper and radio revenues by June 30 next year. Last week's annual meeting came after shareholders approved the spin-off of Domain in the next 10 days and its move onto the ASX as a listed company. We won't get a new look Fairfax Media balance sheet until the December 31 figures are released in early February along with the interim financial results. Australia's major newspaper companies are under pressure as advertising revenues continue to sink. NewsMedia Works' latest report released Friday said print ad revenues were falling at more than 14%, and battling these headwinds will be tough for all newspaper companies. -- Glenn Dyer