Media Files

Feb 26, 2018

Media giants unite to quash Rebel … Top End talent bumped … karmic typos …

Australia's biggest rival media companies have joined forces against Rebel Wilson's massive payout. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

Rivals unite against Rebel defo payout. Australia's biggest rival media companies have joined together to fight the record defamation payout won by actor Rebel Wilson against magazine publisher Bauer Media last year. The Australian reports today that Nine, Seven, Fairfax, News Corp, Macquarie Media and the ABC will file an application today to be heard in Bauer's appeal against the amount of damages. An affidavit from Macpherson Kelley principal lawyer Justin Quill will be filed, which the Oz says will note a trend of plaintiffs using the Wilson decision, which exceeded the statutory defamation payout cap, as a bargaining chip while negotiating settlements.

Nine turns off NT's local newsreader. Six months ago, the Nine Network cut local production of its Darwin news bulletin and moved long-time newsreader Jonathon Uptin to present the bulletin from Brisbane with Samantha Heathwood. He told the NT News at the time it would mean the news would still have a Territory face to it: "Even though we've still got local journos, local cameramen and there will still be local news stories, it's nice, in my opinion, to have a familiar face there who gets the local stories, who knows the pronunciation of your local suburbs. I know the stories here, I know the people here."

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4 thoughts on “Media giants unite to quash Rebel … Top End talent bumped … karmic typos …

  1. The Curmudgeon

    Missing from the ABC and Fairfax at the time of this writing (unless it’s very well hidden) is any mention of the death of Ainsley Gotto. Is it possible that no-one in what’s left of these organisations has ever heard of her? Sad to relate, Murdoch press all over it.

    1. timbral

      Thanks Curmudgeon, probably can’t recall the Prime Minister she was associated with either.
      On ABC Weather last night.
      Not only did Juanita make the sun shine in Sydney she made it rain in Coffs Harbour.

    2. AR

      And in other amnesiac Millennial news, the frequent mention of Juni Morosi during Barnyard’s troubles had many of my friends under 50 asking “…Who?”.
      And what do I find in my local op-shop today but two of her books!

  2. brian crooks

    channel seven is like a rudderless ship not knowing which course to set, a new captain and crew is needed desperately before the ship sinks.

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