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Fairfax’s BRW Going Digital ONLY

Posted: October 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Online Media, Print Media | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Fairfax’s BRW Going Digital ONLY

Fairfax MediaFairfax Media is closing the print edition of it’s weekly business magazine – BRW, formerly Business Review Weekly – after 32 years, as the company continues to shrink its workforce amid a major overhaul of its print operations.

The last issue of the weekly business magazine will be published on November 28, Fairfax’s director of business media Sean Aylmer has told BRW staff. A number of BRW’s senior reporters are highly regarded within their area of expertise.

The magazines publisher, Amanda Gome, says she is incredibly proud of the team behind BRW’s web presence and believes the publication will migrate successfully to a digital only version :: Read the full article »»»»


Fairfax Moves High-profile Publications Offshore

Posted: August 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Media, Print Media | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Fairfax Moves High-profile Publications Offshore

Fairfax Dumps PagemastersFairfax is moving editorial production of some sections of its high-profile newspapers to New Zealand after declining to renew it’s lucrative publishing contract.

Pagemasters – a subsidiary of AAP – has been responsible for sub-editing and producing popular lift-out and specialist sections in The Age,  Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times since 2008.

High-profile titles including Good Weekend, Spectrum, Drive and Domain were sent to offices in Melbourne and Brisbane to be edited and polished. However Fairfax has decided not to renew its five-year contract with Pagemasters.

The features content will now be produced and edited by one of its subsidiary companies, Fairfax Editorial Services. Fairfax has not commented on the move, but Pagemasters says it is bitterly disappointed by the decision.

Pagemasters will continue to sub-edit the mastheads’ daily news content. A Fairfax restructure announced last year sparked the recent relocation of editing services to New Zealand.

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WTF is With Australia’s Impartial Media!? Fairfax Newspaper THE AGE Asks PM to Stand-aside…

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: World of the News | Comments Off on WTF is With Australia’s Impartial Media!? Fairfax Newspaper THE AGE Asks PM to Stand-aside…

Who's Your Expert?Australia is facing an election this year – September 14, Happy Birthday William! – The usual impartial media commentary on politics seems to have dissipated, and been replaced by very personalised opinion. Over the past 12 months Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been ravaged by media speculation on her leadership – that ravaging has now turned to outright disrespect – with The Age newspaper publishing an editorial ASKING an Australian PRIME MINISTERMs Gillard – to stand-aside, “for the good of the nation”.

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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Fairfax Shockjock ‘Howard Sattler’ Sacked

Posted: June 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Media | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Fairfax Shockjock ‘Howard Sattler’ Sacked

Fairfax Sacks SattlerBREAKING!  Fairfax Radio host Howard Sattler has been sacked by Perth station 6PR. After a year of abysmal behaviour toward Australia’s first female Prime Minister, it seems Fairfax has manned up and done the right thing.

Yesterday, Mr Sattler was suspended by the radio station, pending an internal inquiry. Fairfax said via statement that “6PR Presenter Howard Sattler, put a number of questions to Prime Minister Julia Gillard regarding the sexuality of her partner, Tim Mathieson. These questions sought to establish if there was a basis in fact to rumours circulating about the couple’s relationship. The PM answered Mr Sattler’s questions with dignity and some patience.Fairfax Radio management has reviewed this interview and considers that the questions posed by Mr Sattler were disrespectful and irrelevant to the political debate.”

Ms Gillard refused to take questions on the controversy, but echoed comments from Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick that the treatment of high-profile women could send a damaging message to the next generation ::

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Will Fairfax Paywall Cannibalise it’s Printing Press?

Posted: June 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Digital Media, Media, Print Media | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Will Fairfax Paywall Cannibalise it’s Printing Press?

Will Fairfax Paywall Cannibalise it's Printing Press?The death of print is back on the tips of expert tongues with Fairfax Media announcing it’s hoping to replicate the success of its international digital subscription service when it launches a metered paywall in Australia next month. From July 2, visitors to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald websites will have free access to 30 articles each month, any reading after that will cost.

Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood says the move is part of a restructure which will save the company an additional $60 million by the end of September – this year, ambitiously – Mr Hywood told an investor briefing this morning that the restructure aimed to reduce duplication across the business, with a minimal impact on content and sales.

While Mr Hywood warned of a sharp fall in Fairfax’s overall earnings, he said there were no plans to eliminate the print versions of any of the company’s mastheads. In march this year Fairfax Killed of it’s familiar broadsheets, consigning the format to the history books, with the first tabloid editions of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age rolling off the printing presses on March 4, does a paywall signal the further shrinkage of physical paper as a source of news?

The battling media company says it’s international digital paywall – launched in March – has attracted almost twice as many subscribers than expected. Mr Hywood reiterated that the company had “no plans” to kill of print, however many media analysts believe that his statements only apply to the company’s popular weekend print editions :: Read the full article »»»»