Limelight revived by investors. Arts magazine Limelight has been given a reprieve after a group of investors came forward to try to save it. The publisher announced last week that the magazine’s March issue would not be published — a decision that has been reversed, with the pages going to the printer on Monday.

A statement on Limelight‘s website says the longer-term future of the magazine will be settled within the next couple of weeks. Editor Jo Litson said in the statement: “We are thrilled that a small group of investors, who believe passionately in the importance of Limelight, particularly at a time of shrinking arts coverage, have ensured that the March issue will be published, and excited at the possibility of working with them into the future.”

2day FM staffer sacked over rape claim. A 2day FM staffer was sacked in 2013 after allegedly raping a colleague, who revealed his experience in a blog post. Alleged victim Blake Phillips said he’d recently reported the matter to police, and 2day FM has confirmed it investigated the matter and sacked the accused staff member.

A journo’s 17 hours in Chinese custody. The New York Times‘ Steven Lee Myers and French photographer Gilles Sabrie were covering the Tibetan New Year in the mountains when the police showed up, detaining them and then sending them back to Beijing. He’s written about the experience:

I had barely caught my breath from the climb when we were escorted to the police station in the closest village … By the end, the officers seemed sympathetic. They even shared their lunch — stir-fried yak meat, among other dishes — served by an officer wearing an apron over his uniform.

Xenophon’s bad review. Nick Xenophon’s election ad for his SA Best party in South Australia is the politician doing what he does best — getting attention. His hometown paper The Advertiser has given the ad half a star in a review by music writer Nathan Davies, who said: 

As a piece of music it’s dross, falling somewhere between Vanilla Ice and the Adelaide Furniture and Electrical jingle (which is at least catchy). The beat sounds like it came programmed into a Casio keyboard picked up for seven bucks at the Kilburn Savers store, and not even the repeated house piano hooks can save it.

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings. Same story as the past 11 nights, with the Winter Games coverage lifting Seven to an overall win. Married At First Sight on Nine with 1.71 million national viewers, and 1.23 million in the metros, was easily the most watched show last night, ahead of My Kitchen Rules with 1.52 million nationally and less than a million in the metros — 988,000 — which is not a good look. The Winter Games averaged 1.12 million from 9pm and this again provided Seven with the win. A further 323,000 people watched on 7mate up to 9pm, so the gross audience last night was a solid 1.44 million.

Ten’s I’m A Celebrity averaged 722,000 viewers and is now meandering to its finish after starting strongly. In Breakfast Today has won metros on Monday and Tuesday. On Foxtel, The Bolt Report got a very rare win in the most watched stakes with 54,000 viewers, sliding past his Sky rival, Paul Murray Live with 51,000. In the regions, Seven News was on top with 554,000 viewers, followed by MKR with 536,000, then Married with 479,000 viewers, fourth was Seven News/TT with 465,000 and Home and Away was fifth with 449,000. Read the rest on the Crikey website.

Peter Fray

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