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Daily Mail Online to Launch Australian Edition

Posted: November 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Australia, Digital Media, Media, Online Media, World of the News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Daily Mail Online to Launch Australian Edition

Daily Mail to launch Australian website edition in partnership with Nine Entertainment
Britain’s Daily Mail plans to launch an Australian edition of its website next year in a joint venture with Nine Entertainment. The Mail, whose site is the world’s most popular for an English-language newspaper, will base its editorial offices in Sydney and plans to recruit around 50 journalists ::::

“We’ve had Australian readers for many years now,” publisher Martin Clarke said in Sydney. “Being able to provide them with the latest local news, alongside the stories that matter from the Daily Mail’s reporters from around the globe, is extremely important to us.”

MailOnline is visited by more than 57.3 million readers per month, according to digital analytics firm ComScore, which makes it the most visited English-language news website in the world.

Mark Britt, chief executive of Nine Entertainment’s digital arm Mi9, said that while many industry players were cutting back their editorial resources, “we’re excited to be increasing our editorial footprint online”.

He added that the two media groups aim to “create the largest digital news team in the country”.

“This will provide Australians with a richer offering of news, lifestyle and entertainment stories in the unique MailOnline style,” he said.

Mr Britt said Daily Mail Australia would have no paywall, in contrast to many other Australian online newspapers, which now charge for some content as they transition to digital in a bid to combat sliding print advertising and circulation revenues.

The Mail is following in the footsteps of its British rival The Guardian, which launched an Australian version in May and is also free.


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Australia Quietly Shift Settlement PolicyAustralia’s Federal Government has very quietly backflipped it’s position on the construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Acting on instruction from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Australian government officials at the United Nations have withdrawn their nations support for an order that would have seen a halt to the expansion of any Israeli settlements in all of the occupied territories.

Under the previous – Labor Government – Australia condemned the settlements, but since the Coalition won office Australia has abstained from United Nations votes on the issue, returning Australia to the Howard-era policy of not supporting votes critical of Israel settlements. The current tight-lipped approach to implementation has seen NO information released on the governments change in Middle East policy.

In a statement released today, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed the policy shift, saying it reflects the Government’s concern that Middle East resolutions should be balanced. The statement says the Government considers each resolution on a case-by-case basis and will not support those which are one-sided or pre-judge the outcome of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

However, diplomats warn the fragile relationship is on rocky ground after Australia signalled it would abstain from voting at the United Nations on motions that condemn the expansion of Israeli settlements :: Read the full article »»»»

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The editorial preaches that the leadership debate is preventing Labor’s message on its future policies, its vision for Australia isn’t getting through. The newspaper’s move comes amid continued speculation about Labor’s leadership ahead of the final week of parliamentary sittings before the September 14 election. This – for me at least – raises the question, again, “Who’s Your Expert?” The media continues to sell this odd ideal that there is some rift within the Australian Labor Party, that a leadership challenge is just over the horizon. Fuelling the fire of instability, meanwhile failing dismally to broadcast any of the actual politics that our nations capital has going on, don’t even get me started on the lack of policy coverage.

So “…who is your expert?” I ask this question with the past 3 decades of social watching in mind. Through the 1990s and 2000s we seemed to get swallowed up by mindless celebrity, peaking at the start of the 2010s when celebrity for the sake of celebrity seemed to reign media supreme. Lilo, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian however, have nothing on my latest b_tch-session, throughout this period the intelligent juxtaposition was political commentary. Dissecting policy, comparing differences and summarizing what might be best for our nation. That’s now gone, replaced by the less than splendid practice of treating politicians like media hungry celebrities, rather than public servants with a specific agenda. Politicians haven’t changed an iota in the past 3 decades, journalists on the other-hand :: Read the full article »»»»

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Last year a magistrate summoned The Age journalists Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker to appear in the committal hearing of eight former directors of the Reserve Bank subsidiaries, Securency and Note Printing Australia.

The former executives are accused of bribing foreign officials in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam to gain contracts to print banknotes between 1999 and 2004.

The journalists’ reports on the scandal triggered a police investigation into the allegations.

Subpoenas were issued for Mr McKenzie and Mr Baker after a newspaper article in December 2012 reported an allegedly corrupt businessman was prepared to testify against the former directors in exchange for a leniency :: Read the full article »»»»

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