News Corp Australia

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There is an article in The Australian today regarding its parent company’s coverage.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/news-olympics-team-set-to-light-up-paris/news-story/0a84ebe02fc8117436235600f9baa1ec

Johns, one of Fox Sports’ star presenters who fronts the network’s flagship rugby league show and hosts his own podcast, will spearhead News Corp’s most ambitious Olympics coverage to date when the Paris Games kick off this month.

Johns will be part of the company’s 45-strong team travelling to France, and will co-host a daily podcast with former swimmer James Magnussen to wrap up the key Olympic stories and talking points arising from the various competitions.

Fox Sports managing director Steve Crawley, who will act as News Corp’s Olympic director in Paris, says the company is taking a “holistic approach” to the Games. “We’re taking 45 people from across News Corp’s newspaper mastheads, as well as from Sky News, Fox Sports, news.com.au and Vogue,” Crawley says. “Not all of the people who are going have worked on sport so it’s a serious look at the future of media.”

Across the two-week span of the Games, News Corp will produce a daily, 24-page digital magazine which will go live at 8am (AEST) to coincide with the conclusion of the finals of the swimming and athletics events. Print titles will also run a 8-12 page daily wrap of the Games.


The first episode of Matty Johns and James Magnussen podcast is available now:

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Interesting choice given he’s a doper.

Not words I’d associate with James lol

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Ten of the (20 editorial) staff would be taking voluntary redundancies.

Titles affected include The Courier Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Hobart Mercury, Adelaide Advertiser and News Corp’s free news and lifestyle division, which includes the news.com.au website. Managers emailed staff on Tuesday evening to set up meetings about the decision.

Of the 20 layoffs, more will come from The Daily Telegraph than any other paper.

Five roles, three of which are voluntary redundancies, will come from News Corp’s production staff including subeditors.

Former associate editor for the weekend Telegraph Sarah Blake is also set to return as national editor for Network News on July 21, according to an internal email seen by this masthead. Blake returns from Seven’s new digital masthead The Nightly, where she spent four months as chief correspondent.

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The Australian and Prestige titles have unveiled a new leadership team to drive the next phase of audience and commercial growth, led by managing director and publisher Nicholas Gray and editor-in-chief Michelle Gunn.

Sophie Raptis has been appointed general manager, commercial for The Australian and Prestige Titles. Raptis returns to the Australian market to join the business in this new role and will be responsible for driving revenue growth and partnerships across the portfolio.

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How amusing in The Age article:

“Third-party provider MediaHub, which manages the playout services for Sky News, suffered a hardware failure that impacted the Sky News channel. The technical issue was investigated and resolved in just over an hour,” a Sky News Australia spokesperson said.”

Really is the 2SM Super Network of TV.

Would FTA stations have such lax agreements with Mediahub to be off air for over an hour in prime time?

The decreasing cost of broadcast hardware should be meaning more redundancy and less of these embarrassing outages. Instead, Mediahub proves itself again as letting down clients.

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A year after Murdoch’s South Australian tabloid, the Advertiser, largely boycotted the Adelaide Fringe festival after a sponsorship arrangement broke down, the News Corp paper has told arts critics their articles are no longer needed.

The founding chair of the Adelaide Critics Circle, Samela Harris, said the decision was “a severe body blow to the arts in South Australia”.

Adelaide theatre, music and opera critics received emails from the Advertiser saying the paper will no longer be running arts reviews: “This email is to give you 30 days notice.”

The editor of the Advertiser, Gemma Jones, said reviews written by staff and contributors would still be published but reviews which had “very small online audiences” had been cut.

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This means that smaller websites such as Glam Adelaide, and InDaily will be the only ones to have proper coverage of SA arts (apart from major shows and artists, etc).

Comes after ABC Radio Adelaide dropped it’s weekly hour long Smart Arts program on Sunday mornings, following Peter Goers leaving the ABC.

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There’s Radio National for that sort of thing, to be fair. Arts are very niche.

AFR reports that News Corp national health reporter Sue Dunlevy is finishing up this week after three decades at the publisher, as part of the recent redundancy. Also, News Corp has axed the role of national weekend political editor, but there are moves to keep James Campbell (who currently has the role) at the company.

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