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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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Jeff Bezos Buys Iconic Washington Post

Posted: August 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Business News, Digital Media, Indeep Media, Media, Print Media | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Jeff Bezos Buys Iconic Washington Post

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The iconic Washington Post newspaper has been sold for $280 million to Amazon’s chief executive and founder Jeff Bezos. The deal is chump change for Mr Bezos – less than 1 percent of his total wealth –  whose personal fortune is estimated at $31 billion.

The surprise deal follows the New York Times sale of the Boston Globe for $70 million. It is a further indication of the unprecedented challenges newspapers are facing as advertising revenue and readership declines :: Read the full article »»»»


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 »»»»


Google Recognises Palestine

Posted: May 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Media, Online Media | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Google Recognises Palestine

Google-PalestineInternet search behemoth Google has recognised Palestine’s upgraded United Nations status, placing the name “Palestine” on its search engine instead of “Palestinian Territories,” the US company said, raising the ire of Israel. The domain name www.google.ps, Google’s search engine for the territories, now brings up a homepage with “Palestine” written underneath the Google logo.

In November last year the UN general assembly upgraded Palestine to the status of non-member observer state by a vote of 138 votes in favour, 9 against and 41 abstentions.

Palestinian authorities have since begun to use the “State of Palestine” in diplomatic correspondence and issued official stamps for the purpose. The google recognition took effect this week, Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said in a statement :: Read the full article »»»»