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Deckchairs at Fairfax – Battle of the Sources

The Australian’s business section  has an article by Nick Tabakoff quoting “informed sources” on the likely executive moves at Faifax when Brian McCarthy assumes the throne. It largely, but not in all respects, agrees with what my own “informed sources” are saying, in predicting that Rural Press folks will be given the job of managing […]

Sticking my neck out

I’ve stuck my neck out with two stories on the Crikey e-mail bulletin today. One predicting that JB Fairfax won’t be the new Chairman of Fairfax Media. Could be wrong on this one, but felt it needed saying. And the other querying why the media hasn’t given ANY reportage to a major story affecting a […]

Why Internet Filtering Won’t Work, is Wrong and Dangerous

“It won’t work. There it is. Flat out. It won’t work.” Nor should it be allowed to work, because it’s dangerous. So says a friend of mine, David Wright, with a strong interest in the internet filtering legislation presently being planned by Minister for Communications Stephen Conroy. David Wright spends a lot of his time […]

Statistics to mull over on internet use

The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s annual communications report is out, and as usual is full of meaty statistics on the uses of communications technology. And the stats make it ludicrous to suggest that journalists can afford to ignore phenomena like social networking and blogging. Here are a few facts to mull over: Eighty nine […]

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A Perspective on Brian McCarthy

An interesting perspective on likely new Fairfax CEO Brian McCarthy, from the editor of the Border Watch, and former Rural Press employee Michael Gorey, who writes that after a period away from Rural, he reapplied for jobs in Bendigo and Ballarat only to be told: “The manager there was honest enough to tell me I […]

ABC Boss Mark Scott’s Christmas Message to Staff

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott’s Christmas message to staff has leaked, as these things do at that most porous of institutions. It contains the usual boosterism, and the announcement that staff will get a Christmas bonus of a $35 ABC shop voucher. Bet they can’t contain their excitement. More seriously, the Christams message does contain […]

Interesting questions to the ABC

An interesting Q&A with the ABC at Senate Estimates. Of particular interest to Radio National afficianados: Topic: Radio National axing Senator Ludlam asked: Can you describe how the decisions were made to axe the radio national programmes which were announced last week? Answer: The changes to the Radio National broadcast schedule in 2009 were made […]

News Limited softly softly redundancies across the board

Since I wrote this piece earlier in the week about softly-softly redundancies at News Limited, I have heard of three confirmed cases of Herald Sun editorial staff taking redundancy packages. News Limited might not be making a noise about it, but they are cutting the journalism. Which should surprise nobody. Unlike most industries, newspapers simply […]

Other candidates for editor

Before the wider Fairfax meltdown story broke this morning I was trying to find out who might replace Alan Oakley as Sydney Morning Herald editor. Now it seems unlikely that anybody at Fairfax is applying serious thought to such things. IN fact the bigger question might be whether they will be able to persuade anyone […]

Fairfax meltdown – what about the journalism?

What about the journalism? The chaos at Fairfax, the exposure of the  grand plans and up-beat statements as just so much spin, is more than just a sad story about a newspaper company. It is a generational moment in Australian journalism and public life – the moment when it became crystal clear that newspapers were […]