Posted 26 April 2007 - 12:40 PM
Posted 27 April 2007 - 10:40 AM
I hear the peasants are pissed-off, if not yet revolting. The subs take the brunt this time around, and the survivors will pretty much have their workload doubled...until they collapse under the stress and junior staff (read:cheaper, more malleable) take their place. The new size is not a compromise between broadsheet and tabloid so much as a cheese-paring way to save on newsprint costs and tighten ad ratios, no matter what the official line (read: twaddle) says.
Posted 27 April 2007 - 10:52 AM
Posted 27 April 2007 - 12:42 PM
Bollocks, apparently. Buddy of mine in SMH production says its the difference between definitely breaking a fellow passenger's jaw on the train as you open up your SMH or only occasionally breaking his jaw when you open up your Mini-Me version. She's most unhappy at the prospect, as are many others.
Posted 30 April 2007 - 01:30 AM
Posted 30 April 2007 - 05:33 AM
There are people who still mourn the loss of Column 8 from the front page of the SMH, so who knows? Once the big wheels turn it's usually hard to turn them back unless the financial penalty of the change is too great to ignore. The Newcastle Herald went from broadsheet to tabloid /compact as an "off-Broadway" tryout (pun intended). Several years later, it struggles on and the circulation inches ever-upwards, so the Berliner option is a sort of compromise. The leaders test their bright ideas in the marketplace and are loathe to admit their failures. And then they pass the buck.
Posted 01 August 2007 - 11:51 AM
August 1, 2007 - 9:26AM
A multi-millionaire Brisbane businessman is considering setting up a newspaper to rival The Courier-Mail.
Liberal Party backer David Kemp said he had last week met a group of 15 "high profile" businessmen to discuss establishing a second daily newspaper in Brisbane.
Mr Kemp said The Courier-Mail, the city's only daily, had failed to take the Beattie Labor Government to task over issues such as the water crisis.
He said he was considering talking to Fairfax, the publisher of Melbourne's The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, to gauge its interest.
Fairfax earlier this year set up The Brisbane Times website.
"We might even get involved with Fairfax and other people," Mr Kemp told ABC Radio today.
"We just believe for $3 to $5 million we can get a pretty good newspaper up."
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance Queensland secretary Dave Waters said another newspaper would do well in Brisbane, provided it did not become a conservative mouthpiece.
"Mr Kemp's proposal for a newspaper would be welcome if indeed what he is proposing is another outlet that will service the Brisbane and Queensland market with unbiased, balanced journalism," he told ABC.
Mr Kemp runs a highly successful shop-fitting company and has been one of the largest donors to the Liberals.
Posted 19 September 2007 - 07:25 PM
Posted Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:09am AEST
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) does not believe there will be less competition after the Riverina Media Group's sale to Rural Press Limited, which is now owned by Fairfax.
The commission recently consulted industry participants and advertisers over the sale of papers at Leeton, Wagga and Griffith in southern New South Wales.
Chairman Graeme Samuel says inquiries in the region indicated that if Rural Press/Fairfax tried to raise prices above competitive levels, that other players in media would be well placed to win clients.
He says the threat of a new entry was also considered a constraint.
But the ACCC has had a dig at Rural Press for not informing it about the acquisition of the Riverina Media Group, saying it was a risky strategy.
Mr Samuel says the ACCC will not hesitate to seek orders for divestiture if after a purchase it considers there has been a breach of the Trade Practices Act.
Posted 04 October 2007 - 05:30 PM
Happy 120th Birthday to the Scone Advocate! This week's paper has a special magazine looking back at the paper's history. It even has a mention of a certain MediaSpy moderator when he was a columnist.
I didn't know that the Packers owned the paper at one stage though...that was interesting. It should also be pointed out that the current ABC Upper Hunter breakfast presenter Mike Pritchard was a former editor, and the current 2NM journalist David Bauche was the most recent journo based there.
Posted 04 December 2007 - 10:25 AM
Posted 04 December 2007 - 10:46 AM
Interestingly, the Newc Herald seems to be now running its stories on the site in full, where previously they'd only run the first few pars then announce that if you wanted more you'd have to buy the hard copy version, making the site nothing more than a form of advertisement. Wonders will never cease...
Posted 04 December 2007 - 11:17 AM
Well I'm delighted that they've seen the light and relaunched their site. It even has a RSS feed now, so I can add it to my RSS feed list.
Posted 05 December 2007 - 06:55 PM
Posted 11 March 2008 - 11:35 PM
Fairfax subsidiary puts its hand up for a Hi-5
March 12, 2008
THE increasing popularity of bubbly performers Kellie, Charli, Stevie, Sun and Nathan — known to millions of devoted pre-teen fans as Hi-5 — has persuaded television production company Southern Star to invest in the musical troupe. Southern Star and Channel Nine have jointly taken over Kids Like Us, the privately owned production company that created Hi-5 a decade ago and has since extended its reach to 118 countries.
Nine already owned 50% of the Hi-5 troupe and franchise, so effectively Southern Star is just replacing Kids Like Us, which was founded by Helena Harris and former Nine drama executive Posie Graeme-Evans.
Southern Star already distributes the Hi-5 television program overseas and chief executive Hugh Marks said that experience had persuaded it to buy Kids Like Us. "It's a relatively quantifiable deal for us because we saw the potential for the show and what it's done historically," Mr Marks said. "It's about recognising that the show is going to a new level."
The price paid for Kids Like Us was not disclosed but Mr Marks said it was "not a huge transaction", which was seemingly echoed by the fact the deal was not disclosed by Southern Star's new owner, Fairfax Media. The acquisition is Southern Star's first in more than three years and comes four months after the company became part of Fairfax, owner of The Age.
Nine's director of commercial development, Martin Hersov, said the network was "extremely proud to be picking up the Hi-5 baton and look forward to growing the brand around the world". In the past decade Hi-5 has produced 435 half-hour episodes of its TV show. In Australia, alone, it has released 25 DVDs and videos, 11 CDs and nearly 80 books.
Fairfax shares closed 1¢ higher at $3.85, after sales down to $3.67. The reporter owns Fairfax Media shares.
Posted 07 May 2008 - 03:04 PM
Posted 08 May 2008 - 09:48 PM
Give me the old site when it was under Riverina Media Group or keep it as the Rural Press had it. I hate the new look.
A lot less information on the site now but then again it seems we almost have nothing local anymore.
Edited by LocalRadio, 08 May 2008 - 09:50 PM.
Posted 04 July 2008 - 04:04 PM
Posted 07 August 2008 - 09:46 AM
It irks me as I feel the integration of Fairfax businesses has been very poor, not giving audiences of any part of Fairfax any improved service - so poor that Fairfax have thrown up the white flag on Sthn Star and now don't want to bother with extracting any synergy from it for new media.