Christopher Warren

Journalist and media watcher


Why ABC attacks went from political theatre to fundamental threat

June 18, 2018 10

The Liberals have been playing a long game on ABC attacks, but it's the commercial media that's now given them the final play.

The numbers Australian media can’t afford to ignore

June 12, 2018 2

News Corp claim revenue driven by reader "trust" has more than offset the decline in advertising dollars. But there's a hard ceiling on those figures that newspapers can't afford to ignore.

A lie by any other name: why can’t journos call politicians liars?

June 4, 2018 17

A New York Times journalist is under fire for the reporting of Trump's "demonstrable falsehoods", but this issue goes far beyond the US media.

Why Australia needs not-for-profit newspapers

May 21, 2018 1

In an industry of social responsibilities, focus on profits drives bad behaviour. Papers in the US and Canada are leaving for-profit models; why not us?

News Corp on ABC budget cuts: message received!

May 16, 2018 6

A raft of "exclusives" about ABC bonuses in the News Corp papers today come on the heels of budget cuts to the national broadcaster.

The clear message behind the government’s ABC cuts

May 14, 2018 5

The government has definitively told the ABC that if they're not going to stay off the media oligopolies' turf, then they'll be starved. It's going to take some shrewd maneuvering for the broadcaster to come out the other side.

While Rupert’s away, the Murdoch sons start to clean up the house

May 7, 2018 5

Rupert Murdoch's continued absence from much of News Corp's public work has been the perfect time for his sons to override his affection for print media and walk back their newspaper holdings.

The cost of Facebook’s free internet in Asia-Pacific

April 30, 2018 3

The social media monolith's efforts to grow by bringing free proprietary internet services to developing regions of the Asia Pacific has undermined press freedoms and enabled sectarian tension.

Filing cabinets and censure: understanding the ABC culture of cautious restraint

April 23, 2018 11

Like many big legacy media companies, the ABC is grappling with disruption, but with one major difference.

The long-term pain in cricket’s anti-siphoning spin

April 16, 2018 5

Seven and Foxtel have pulled a fast one on cricket fans, ducking regulations to lock two thirds of international cricket matches on a subscription service. Will will it be enough to save Foxtel's sinking subscriber base?

The news company that’s more News Corp than News Corp

April 9, 2018 3

The US local news broadcasting group, already the biggest in the country, recently made headlines for its war against fake news, and it's set to get even bigger.

Will Cambridge Analytica push Facebook to its Myspace moment?

April 4, 2018 1

As the fall of Myspace showed a decade ago, nothing is too big to fail.

Dutton may be Trumpeting divisive bile, just don’t call him a racist

March 26, 2018 9

The media's response to Dutton's latest talking point has once again illustrated that it's a far graver sin in Australia to label someone a racist than it is to promote racist ideals.

What role does trolling and ‘fake news’ play in Australian elections?

March 19, 2018 4

The Tasmanian and South Australian elections raise big questions about how online campaigning and trickery increasingly affects our political discourse.

Facebook’s constant algorithm tweaking may push journalists away for good

March 12, 2018 7

The affects of Facebook's pivot away from news media are being felt in earnest as publications relying on social media begin to close shop

How long until this newspaper closure cycle comes to pass?

March 5, 2018 1

What does the closure of a number of NZ newspapers means for our media market?

The technology that could restore public trust in journalism

February 26, 2018 9

A series of new platforms are using the technology that made bitcoin to change the way readers engage with, create, and trust media content.

‘News’ is Twitter’s job now, especially in Australia

February 19, 2018 2

Twitter is becoming the channel of choice for political news, comment, opinion, not least because Facebook is vacating the field.

Billionaires to the rescue once again in the declining newspaper industry

February 12, 2018 2

The sale of The Los Angeles Times to health tech entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong is a replay of the worn narrative of billionaires swooping in to prop up troubled mastheads -- for better or worse.

Where’s Wally … I mean, Rupert?

February 8, 2018

A News Corp shares move sideways and now downwards, the patriarch of News Corp is nowhere to be seen writes Christopher Warren.