Melania Trump’s payday, the “Hand of Jord” saves England, and other media tidbits of the day.

Melania Trump paid six figures for photo shoot. US First Lady Melania Trump was paid a six-figure sum for a series of stylised family portraits taken by photo agency Getty, NBC reports. The photos were restricted for “positive use only”, but NBC found at least a dozen examples of news organisations that had indirectly paid the US President’s family to publish the photos, including Yahoo News, NBC News, Marie Claire and the Daily Mail.

Never in doubt. The British press has reacted with the same delight as English fans at their World Cup win, largely dedicating their front AND back pages today to the win.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings. No more world cup games until the quarters start late on Thursday night. Tennis from Wimbledon is on — Federer plays tonight on Seven. Last night was Seven’s night, and Nine and Ten did well in the demos. MasterChef managed 1.12 million viewers nationally; House Rules, 1.08 million. 

In regional areas a clear win to Seven with the 6pm News on top again with 613,000 people, followed by Seven News/Today Tonight with 493,000, then House Rules with 412,000, Home and Away with 409,000 and The Chase Australia’s 5.30pm segment with 394,000. Read the rest at the Crikey website.

Correction: The precede to this Media Files column, published in the Crikey newsletter and website on July 5, 2018, may have been taken to suggest that Rowan Dean’s tenure on the board of Medical Journal of Australia came to an end involuntarily. That is incorrect. Mr Dean’s term ended as scheduled on June 30, 2018. Crikey apologies to Mr Dean for the error.

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