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."