Write-ups, Stuff Ups and Sell Ups – A Media Roundup
In no particular order, some interesting links about media over the last few days:
New media academic Jay Rosen, whose presence on Twitter is one of the main reason I am there too, is writing an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education about why he is on Twitter. He has asked for help from readers of his blog, and followers of his Twitter feed. The resulting post and comments make an interesting read, and an interesting article in the making.
Roy Greenslade predicts that Tony O’Reilly will have to get used to some negative press, and questions whether he will be able to maintain his hold in The Independent newspaper. The profile Greenslade links to, from the Financial Times contains nothing about O’Reilly’s Australian setbacks – the announcement last November that his debt-laden Independent News and Media would sell its stake in APN News and Media, and the reports last month that he is having trouble finding a buyer.
Seems like only yesterday (but in fact January 2007) that O’Reilly was trying to buy out the other shareholders in APN, and there were mutterings that he might want to make bigger moves in media once the foreign ownership regulations were relaxed. All that came to nothing. If the economic times were better, perhaps it would be clearer where APN, with its Classic Hits and Mix FM Radio brands and stable of regional daily newspapers, would end up. As it is, nothing is clear.
A stuff up at the Tele.
Lastly, what a stuff up at the Daily Telegraph. Tim Burrowes reports at MUmBRELLA that the Tele managed to get its weekend television listings entirely arse-about in Saturday’s paper, apparently reprinting a guide from some time last year.
According to the Tele, Big Brother (which you may recall was axed after its last series) is at the heart of tonight’s schedule for Ten, with showings at 7pm and 10pm, wrapped around the premiere of How To Look Good Naked. Meanwhile, fans of Media Watch will be glad to see that that’s on the ABC, along, apparently, with an unexpected return for More Than Enough Rope from Andrew Denton.
Oh deary me….