Posted: September 5th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: World of the News | Tags: Australian Landmark Media, Australian Women's Weekly, Cleo, Gerry Harvey, Julian Assange, Madison, News International, Print Media, Rebekah Brooks, Retail Sales, Rupert Murdoch, Tom Crone, WikiLeaks, Zoo Weekly | Comments Off
The global behemoth that is News (Ltd + International) is creeking and groaning under it’s own size as it attempts to reform itself for the digital age, changing the way it does business, answering for the way it’s done business and comes to terms with the trouble it’s had downsizing it’s business.
In the UK, the saga of phone-hacking goes on with Former News International chief Rebekah Brooks has appeared briefly in a London court, accused of conspiring to hack phones. As well as Brooks, former legal manager of Rupert Murdoch’s News International has been arrested in connection with the phone hacking scandal. In Australia the behemoth has not announced that up to 80 more editing and reporting jobs will be cut from News Limited, including dozens across Queensland.
The once golden Nine stable of multimedia products has dipped further into trouble times. Nine Entertainment has announced the sale of ACP Magazines – Australia’s largest stable of print based media – to German media giant Bauer. The sale is reported to be worth about $500 million and is expected to be finalised in the next one to two months.
No post would be complete without comment on Julian Assange, his latest antics – stuck within the shrinking walls of the Eucadorian Embassy in London – Mr Assange, or Our Jullian as we like to refer, is prepping himself for a 12 month camp-out as he steadies himself for waht looks like a very long fight. At what point does one need to ask the question; ‘surely he’d be done with the fight if he’d gone to Sweden 3 years ago?’
In proof that there is still some value in old-school communication devices, a Scottish fishing boat’s skipper has found a message in a bottle, 98 years after it was released. The bottle was released by the Glasgow School of Navigation in 1914 as part of an experiment to map the currents in the sea off the Scottish coast :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 26th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: World of the News | Tags: Adobe, Business Spectator, Echo Entertainment, Eureka Report, facebook, Fairfax Media, Fox Sports Australia, Foxtel, James Packer, Kim Williams, News Corporation, News Limited, Rupert Murdoch, Social Media, The Wall Street Journal, twitter | Comments Off
Australia’s media landscape has been through the ringer over the past few weeks and months, the ground is changing at a pace not seen since the eighties. The latest shake-up comes from the ever stoic News Limited – the Australian arm of News Corporation – the company has announced a massive restructuring of the way it delivers news.
The announcement on last week, which included job cuts and a reduction in east coast operations from 19 divisions to five, came days after Fairfax Media outlined plans to axe 1,900 staff, move jobs offshore, close two major printing presses and downsize its flagship newspapers to tabloids, as well as it’s ongoing boardroom battles with billionaire Gina Rinehart.
Despite the cuts, News Limited CEO Kim Williams has told staff that the organisation remains committed to print :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 22nd, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Julian Assange, News, Revolute, WikiLeaks, World of the News | Tags: australia, Ecuador, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, Extradition to Sweden, Julian Assange, Political Asylum, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Ricardo Patino, Sexual Assault, twitter, United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights, WikiLeaks | Comments Off
UPDATED! 30 June 2012: A spokesperson for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he has defied a British police order to turn himself in for extradition to Sweden and will remain holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London.
Julian Assange is seeking asylum in Ecuador in a last-ditch bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault. The Australian born founder of Wikileaks visited Ecuador’s embassy in London this morning to seek political asylum.
A statement on the embassy’s website said Ecuador was a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights and had an obligation to review all applications for asylum.
The decision to consider Mr Assange’s application for protective asylum should in no way be interpreted as the Government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden.
The statement from the Embassy of Ecuador in London said, ”While the department assesses Mr Assange’s application, Mr Assange will remain at the embassy, under the protection of the Ecuadorian Government,” the statement said. ”The decision to consider Mr Assange’s application for protective asylum should in no way be interpreted as the Government of Ecuador interfering in the judicial processes of either the United Kingdom or Sweden.”
On June 15, 2012 Britain’s Supreme Court has dismissed a bid by Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 21st, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: News, World of the News | Tags: Australian Media, Fairfax, Fairfax Media, Gina Rinehart, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald | Comments Off
UPDATED! 30 June 2012: Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart has asked the chairman of Fairfax Media to resign if he cannot reverse falling circulation and revenue at the company’s newspapers.
Ms Rinehart’s refusal to sign the company’s charter of independence raised concerns she would interfere with the editorial independence of Fairfax’s flagship newspapers, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
As mining magnate Gina Rinehart chases down editorial influence at Fairfax Media, along with three boardroom seats, Fairfax Newspapers must be wondering wtf is coming next, the embattled publisher is facing a boardroom shake up that has the once behemoth publisher quaking.
In a statement to the stock exchange, Mrs Rinehart’s company, Hancock Prospecting, confirmed she had raised her 12.6 per cent stake in the media company to 18.7 per cent of Fairfax shares in two separate raids last week. The confirmation came shortly after Fairfax announced it would slash 1,900 jobs as it deals with the rise of digital media and a slump in print readership.
Fairfax said today it would close two printing plants, move its Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers to tabloid format and introduce digital subscriptions for those two mastheads :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 29th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: World of the News | Tags: Australian Media, Australian Print Media, Ethics & Arts Alliance, Fairfax Media, MEAA, Media, Media News, Online Media, Print Media, World of the News, World of the News | Tags: Australian Journalism | Comments Off
That shrinking Australian media behemoth that is Fairfax Media, is apparently planning to send jobs offshore by relocating production of its regional newspapers to New Zealand.
The proposed changes will affect 66 Fairfax staffers, Media, Ethics & Arts Alliance – MEAA – said via statement today.
Fairfax said the affected staff would be offered voluntary redundancies or redeployment, however, some staff may also be forced into redundancy.
The affected newspapers include the Illawarra Mercury, Newcastle Herald and seven associated community titles including the Lake Times, Kiama Independent, Newcastle Star, Myall Coast Nota, Port Stephens Examiner and Lakes Mail :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 11th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: World of the News | Tags: Forbes, Gina Rinehart, Invisible Children, James Spigelman, Jason Russell, Joseph Kony, Kony 2012, Suffragettes | Comments Off
Our Weekly Roundup of People Who Made the News!
Reuters reporter Paul Smalera asks the question: Will Big Media & Big Tech ever stop punishing their biggest fans? The recent anti-usability, nonsensical ways in which Big Media and Big Tech have restricted access to content has proved that both sides have been against Net Neutrality all along. Zach Watson Reports on the opposite to Link Love? Link Difficulties, Limp Linking, Loveless Links aka Pay-per-link: Ars Technica has found thatLowes.com has a ridiculous policy on linking to them. They require that Web sites that link to them must fill out a form. The actual idea of having to receive permission to link to a Web site is pretty stupid. It’s a concept that has been dead for years. Watson points out some more than amusing befuddles in Lowes Loveless linking. John C Abell has a superlative piece on Yahoo. Abell is a stalwart of electronic media, in his latest ravings he pokes a smidgen of fun at nostalgia, writing that Yahoo is taking on Facebook, it’s not vying for the hearts and minds of the Internet cool kids. It’s going after licensing fees for patents. Abell reckons this is not how it is supposed to be. Gary Kemble, ABC.nets Social Media Coordinator follows the link love theme, from a more posterus angle: With statistics showing that more and more people are finding their news via their social networks, it has become more important than ever to provide a relevant, timely social media service. Which drags us into the ABCs Facebook Facelift: The peoples (our) news network is calling for feedback on it’s Facebook page renovation: www.facebook.com/abc-news/
+ Kony2012 Director Responds to Criticism, James Spigelman to Head ABC & Gina Rinehart Hits Forbes
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