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Newspapers fire warning shot for press freedoms

By ALLISON HORE On Monday 21 October, the front pages of newspapers across Australia were splashed with black censorship bars - an unprecedented group warning from the media about the country’s eroding press freedoms and tightening laws around whistleblowers. The move was part of a new campaign by Australia’s Right to Know (ARTK), an organisation […]

Printing the news and raising hell weekly; not weakly 

By Lawrence Gibbons Twenty-three years ago this week the first edition of the City Hub appeared on Sydney’s streets pledging “to print the news and raise hell”. Today the City Hub remains the last independent inner city weekly newspaper. To mark the paper’s anniversary, the founder reflects on the importance a free press has played […]

Fake news makes waves

BY ANITA SENARATNA Last Wednesday night, locals and journalists gathered at Bondi Pavilion for Fraudulent Facts, Hoax Headlines and Malicious Media, a panel discussion presented by the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award and The Walkley Foundation. The panel consisted of several high-profile media figures - Sandra Sully (Channel Ten), Alex McKinnon (The Saturday […]

Have you been paying attention? Ten’s in turmoil

BY ALEX EUGENE It may be business as usual on our tellies, but speculation continues to build around the financial woes of Channel 10. The shocking announcement that the national broadcaster would no longer be backed by billionaires Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon came just over a week ago. With whopping debts and a reported […]

Bullshit and blackmail: Abbott’s assault on the ABC

I watched a great doco on ABC TV the other night. Titled “88”, it was about the March for Justice, Freedom and Hope on Australia Day (or Invasion Day, as the Kooris say), 1988. The march was the largest protest event since the Vietnam Moratorium and more than 30,000 Aboriginal people took part, plus tens […]

Media set for a summer shake-up

The new year will bring a motley crew of fresh faces and sideways shifts in the Australian media landscape. The UK’s Daily Mail announced last week it is teaming up with Ninemsn in the new year to launch a news and entertainment website that aims to be the largest digital operation in Australia. The Mail’s […]

Surry Hills the home of media

News Corp Australia has announced plans to consolidate its offices into a media precinct in Surry Hills. The plan will see News Corp sell its offices in Macquarie St in Parramatta and relocate staff from Alexandria in a move designed to consolidate the Rupert Murdoch-owned company into the one Sydney suburb. In an email to […]