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More from News Limited’s Greg Baxter

Just got another email from Greg Baxter, and then another clarifying the first. On the move at present, but will comment and respond shortly. “Margaret, you have misrepresented me badly in your item today for Crikey. I have previously sent you a copy of our professional conduct policy. I have also previously sent it to […]

More on the News Limited Code of Professional Conduct, and Knowledge of Same

See my previous two posts if you are coming in to this late. It is all about whether I am right when I claim that awareness and knowledge of the News Limited Code of Professional Conduct is low in News Limited newsrooms. News Limited CEO John Hartigan’s statement claiming that it lay at the heart […]

Five Minutes In – Responses So Far

My previous post was a call out to News Limited employees past and present to tell me their experiences of the News Limited Code of Conduct – whether they were aware it existed, whether they were encouraged to read it? Five minutes in, I have received the following responses by email, from former and present […]

The News Ltd Code of Conduct – Calling All Former News Employees

Crikey just got the following email from News Limited’s spin doctor Greg Baxter. He claims, contrary to my piece in the Crikey email today, that all News Limited journos get a copy of the News Limited Code of Professional Conduct on induction. Now I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is not […]

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The Great ABC/Crikey Email Expose (ahem)

I’ve got a story in the Crikey email today about an unusual event. A Herald Sun journalist, for reasons that are obscure, lodged a Freedom of Information request with the ABC for all correspondence between me, the Crikey team, and Managing Director Mark Scott and his media team. Under FoI, we were consulted about the […]


As regular readers will know, reporting on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is a regular part of my beat. So in the interests of transparency, I want to declare here that I am currently a Chief Investigator on an application for research funding, with the ABC as a partner organisation. The application, which went in last […]

Mark Day, Games and Innovation

In that great wave of innovation that represented the early days of newspapers, there were plenty of mis-steps,and  plenty of amusement. It wasn’t until much later on that journalists started taking themselves so seriously that they appeared on programs called The Insiders, apparently blind and deaf to  the sad irony. One of the things that […]

Fascinating interview in Ben Grubb case

Here is a link to a fascinating interview in the Ben Grubb case. Via @stilgherrian.

Fairfax Management: We know exactly what we are doing.

Okay, I now have some comment from Fairfax management on my earlier post. To recap, Bronwen Clune is quoting investigations by Fairfax staff that allegedly show Fairfax has grossly underestimated the number of pages that will have to be sub-edited by Pagemasters under the oursourcing deal: In Hywood’s calculations of pages that need to be […]

Has Fairfax Flunked the Maths?

Can this be true? Bronwen Clune has a post alleging that Fairfax has grossly underestimated the number of pages that need to be be subbed by Pagemasters under the outsourcing deal. Can this be right? Making calls….