Jan 30, 2014

Media briefs: TV in doldrums … republican fact-check … Bolt’s indigenous …

Hey, Australian commercial TV networks aren't doing so badly after all, right? Wrong. Plus other media tidbits.

Kim Williams wins big with Fairfax. A bad 12 months for former News Corporation boss Kim Williams has had a golden lining: he’s pocketed $95,000 from Fairfax in a defamation settlement. In consent orders from the Supreme Court of New South Wales released today, Williams has been awarded the sum plus costs for a front-page splash in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald that claimed he had stormed out of a Sydney Opera House Trust board meeting …

The papers published a correction to the story, penned by Australian Financial Review gossip hound Joe Aston, a fortnight later retracting most of the key claims. But as Crikey reported, it wasn’t enough to appease Williams, who engaged top defamation lawyer Mark O’Brien to sue the papers and Aston. O’Brien told Crikey on October 16:

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3 thoughts on “Media briefs: TV in doldrums … republican fact-check … Bolt’s indigenous …

  1. klewso

    “Commercial TV”?
    Some manure is good for your garden – burying your garden under it is not?

  2. Matt Hardin

    The magistrates should then resign en masse citing an unwillingness to act unconscionably. That would an interesting thing for the Government to confront.

  3. leon knight

    I went to a bullfight in Arles back in the 80’s and I vividly recall a bull jump the fence to get in amongst the front row of spectators, and the spectators then promptly jumping the same fence to get into the ring away from the angry bull…..Bolt declaring he is Australian makes me feel like jumping the fence to safety..!!

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