You may not know Paul Whittaker but you do know his boss. The new editor of Sydney's Daily Telegraph ran Rupert Murdoch's The Australian for four years before taking charge at the tabloid. And he's already causing a stir by laying into Liberal Premier Barry O'Farrell.
Peta Credlin, Tony Abbott's chief of staff, is the biggest control freak in Canberra – with the notable exception of Kevin Rudd. She travels everywhere with the opposition leader, pulls Liberal MPs into line and is driving the Coalition's relentlessly negative agenda.
Former editors of The Age have rubbished Gina Rinehart's provocative claim that Fairfax chairman Roger Corbett and his predecessor Ron Walker overrode the paper's charter of editorial independence by instructing an editor how to do his job.
Many will admire the Fairfax board's stand to block Gina Rinehart. But from a business standpoint, the board is now in a very difficult position and has raised some really big questions.
The Peter Slipper affair hasn't only raised awkward questions about what does and doesn't constitute sexual harassment -- it's re-opened a debate almost as old as journalism itself: how close should reporters get to their sources in their bid to break a story?
There is much ado at The Australian this morning following the discovery that News Corporation's head honcho in Australia, Kim Williams, was not the only one to receive a Murdoch summons to New York over the weekend.
If Rupert Murdoch goes ahead and cuts his newspapers adrift from the hugely profitable movie and cable-TV business at News Corp, there will be big changes, which will put yet more pressure on journalists and journalism.
In a statement given to Four Corners, Gina Rinehart described Andrew Bolt’s The Bolt Report programme as “very popular in country areas.” Statistics beg to differ.
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