The related party transactions disclosure detailed by News Corp ahead of the AGM in November at Fox Studios LA is interesting. Nova and News have a nice commercial relationship. Ten had disposed of its non television assets in recent years, so it’s odd that Ten would invest in a start-up capital venture fund, but of course Ten probably only invested because of the Murdoch connection. The first investment by Scaleup was in a company that also has James Packer’s money in there.
More information on Scaleup here if interested - http://www.scaleupmediafund.com
News Corp digital reporter and producer Shannon Molloy has resigned to join Amazon Australia as content editor. Molloy has worked with News Corp for four years in various roles including national entertainment reporter and national TV writer.
The “re-imagined” Herald Sun website was launched late last night and shares the same look as the Daily Telegraph website.
On the one-year anniversary of the passing of journalist Rebecca Wilson, her old school St Hilda’s on the Gold Coast and News Corp have set up the Rebecca Wilson Alumni Award, which will provide a St Hilda’s student the opportunity to complete an internship at The Courier-Mail, The Sunday Mail or The Australian.
Herald Sun has done the right thing by reverting the 7-day TV guide in the Hit+TV liftout to a day on a page layout, instead of two days on a page which was just very hard to read.
Meanwhile, News Corp has appointed Chris Jones as new editor of Hobart’s The Mercury, and Jenna Cairney as editor of the Townsville Bulletin. Jones will take the helm of The Mercury after six months as executive editor of The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail, while Cairney joins the Townsville Bulletin after three years as the Sunshine Coast Daily’s editor.
Herald Sun veteran TV writer Colin Vickery has become editor of national “TV Guide” liftout in the Sunday NewsCorp mastheads.
Oddly, former editor Holly Byrnes, is no longer mentioned (perhaps stepping down due to her role as National TV Editor)?
Keating still has it.
It’s probably been said before, but Re, The Daily/Sunday Telegraph: Despite the infamous front pages along with often dubious and sometimes downright misleading content, there’s probably a few reasons why they’re the most popular newspapers in Sydney & NSW over their Fairfax equivalents.
*Price: At the moment, weekday editions The Daily Telegraph currently cost $1.60 while The Sydney Morning Herald is $3. Of course the prices for both newspapers are higher on weekends, but there’s no prizes for guessing which one is cheaper.
*Size: The Sydney Morning Herald published their Monday-Saturday editions in the broadsheet format (ie, with the reputation of being difficult to properly read on public transport and whatnot) up until a few years ago. Meanwhile The Daily Telegraph has long been published in the smaller tabloid format. Probably since at least the October 1990 merger, and I suspect even back in the days when The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror were separate entities.
*Because many people in Sydney lean towards media outlets that emphasise more on hype & sensationalism. If (generally) high quality investigative journalism and researched analysis really sold well in Sydney, I suspect that the ABC would be much more popular than it’s commercial counterparts in broadcast media along with Fairfax in the print media!
Of course that’s not to say that I think The Sydney Morning Herald/The Sun Herald isn’t without their flaws or that The Daily/Sunday Telegraph doesn’t very occasionally has a good story (a good comparison would probably be how very occasionally, you’ll see a good story on A Current Affair), but I can understand why many people like getting their news from the former while despising the latter.
They were tabloid long before the merger. The Daily Telegraph was rather staid since Murdoch bought it, with The Daily Mirror being the loud afternoon brother, iirc. In the 1970s The Sunday Mirror was a true scandal sheet with the page 3 girls showing more than the weekday girls, though it was overall a tad tamer than its at the time Victorian cousin The Truth.
The Australian reporting News Corp will “boycott” the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games over a rights dispute.
Yeah, the News Corp owned The Gold Coast Bulletin are sponsoring the event yet the organising committee are not prepared to give them adequate reporting access. Fairfax Brisbane Times, also a sponsor, has the same issue so is not seeking accreditation and is boycotting.
According to Mumbrella, Manly Daily will only publish on Wednesdays and Saturdays from next month (currently it is published on Tuesdays to Saturdays). It’s a bit like Australian Women’s Weekly which comes out monthly and therefore does not fit the name.
Manly Twice Weekly doesn’t have the same ring.
publishing Tuesday to Saturday is not exactly “daily” either
And let’s not get started on The Daily Telegraph which is only Monday to Saturday.
Maybe The Manly Bi-Weekly, after all, the slippery slope has begun.
Pity. It was always good picking up the Manly Daily on a trip to Manly, and I sometimes got it on the odd occasion from the old Parramatta Advertiser/Cumberland Newspapers office in Parramatta where all the News Ltd Sydney local papers were available.
Yes, well my local paper was bi-weekly until a year ago when it went weekly. Now it’s shrunk to the same number of pages as a supermarket catalogue.