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Blog Profile / Mark Day On Media

Filed Under:Industries / Media
Posts on Regator:27
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Archived Since:August 12, 2009

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Missing in coverage of crim’s murder - perspective

OFTEN in life, we find an answer to the dilemmas that face us in the phrase: “It’s not what you do but how you do…

Newsworthy or not, sometimes you’re hot

SOMETIMES life can be cruel. You can wangle a sickie by telling the boss that you have to go to your grandmother’s funeral, then duck off to the tennis with your mistress, only to find your pictures on the front page of the next day’s...Show More Summary

A leaner ABC will better fit its mission

THE ABC’s managing director, Mark Scott, says his publicly funded broadcaster is not like the British publicly funded broadcaster, the BBC. He labels the causes of the BBC’s planned roll-back of services as “a very British problem”. It’s...Show More Summary

ABC’s role as niche provider needs to be redefined

THE news that the BBC is to scale back its operations and ease its competitive stance against its commercial rivals prompts the immediate question: should the ABC do the same? It is time we had a full debate about the role of the ABC. Show More Summary

The importance of getting things right

THE ABC promoted You Only Live Twice, its documentary on the Hughes family, as an “incredibly true” story. No it wasn’t. Remarkable, certainly; irresistible, perhaps; but incredible? No, if the story were true, by definition it had to...Show More Summary

Rudd’s rescue package is bad public policy

IN the depths of last year’s global financial crisis some beleaguered newspaper owners in the US began talking seriously about seeking government support in the form of tax breaks for public journalism trusts. It wasn’t a good idea and it went nowhere—in the US. Show More Summary

Net-gen forces state-sanctioned double standard

SOUTH Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson’s backflip on legislation requiring the name and address of people posting election matter on the internet clearly demonstrates we have entered an era of officially recognised double...Show More Summary

Internet ‘villain’ Conroy comes up with top spin

DEPENDING on whom you talk to - and their political leanings - Stephen Michael Conroy is either an enlightened politician and the first Australian communications minister to truly “get” the internet age, or a prime global village idiot. We...Show More Summary

Readership wars far from over by Christmas

AH, Christmas, a season of festive cheer; of peace, harmony, happiness and generous helpings of goodwill to all. Like hell. As we prepare to shut up shop for the silly season a media war has flared, with goodwill apparently giving way to generous helpings of deep-seated hatreds. At issue is how newspaper and magazine readership is measured. Show More Summary

Murdoch and Google chief not all at odds

So it is a surprise to see Murdoch and Google chief Eric Schmidt singing from the same songbook. In the past week both have delivered set-piece assessments of the way ahead for news organisations. Much of what they say is parallel. The...Show More Summary

Seven broke rules about sex and politics

The Mike Rann allegations would seem to have nothing to do with his ability to govern THE modern media convention on reporting the sex life of politicians is that the sex is off limits - unless it impinges on the politics. On this basis,...Show More Summary

Balancing act to safeguard content

WHEN the history of digital television is written, it may be that two days last week are seen as the pivotal moment in the emergence of a brave new world of media. Or not. Two of the industry’s most powerful figures drove their stakes...Show More Summary

Disclose and be dammed

More than ever in today’s world of media, the only certainty is change. The phrase “nothing stays the same” has never been more apt in a media landscape that includes the free-versus-paid website debate and the emerging digital delivery systems that provide abundance where once was scarcity. But some things should not change. Show More Summary

Radio with pictures: time to stretch the boundaries

AUSTRALIAN audiences have been able to tune into digital radio broadcasts since August, but is anyone doing it? The move to digital has given us many new formats with names like Koffee and Gorilla, but is anyone listening? We will have...Show More Summary

Ranters of Australia send us your fun-filled yarns

I WAS pleased to see the BBC and The Sydney Morning Herald didn’t find Lord Lucan last week. To have done otherwise would have spoiled one of the jolliest japes of journalism. For 35 years the world’s media has not found Lord “Lucky” Lucan. Show More Summary

Newsday bets on internet users paying for local news

BUSINESS school graduates will forever debate the value of the “first-mover advantage”. If you’ve got what you think is a good idea, is it better to launch it on an unsuspecting world and reap the profits as competitors scramble to catch...Show More Summary

Time for a content reality check

ONE vital element has been missing from the will-they-or-won’t-they-pay debate about online news services: No one has yet defined the product. It is myopic and fanciful to believe the public will be asked to pay for news sites as they exist now. Show More Summary

Packer v Leckie stoush just a tiddlywink skirmish

HOW delightful it is to see young James Packer bring back the biff to the world of media. For too long we’ve been too quiet, too stitched up, too well-mannered, too corporate. James’s free character reading of Seven boss David Leckie...Show More Summary

Yesterday’s men unsuitable for Fairfax’s tomorrow

NOW that Ron Walker has seen the writing on the wall and folded his tent, a new question has arisen among shareholders of Fairfax Media: What does a grocer know about the media business? It may be unfair to label Fairfax Media’s likely new chairman, Roger Corbett, a grocer. Show More Summary

Chatty’s in, daggy’s out in changing news world

THE gathering and disseminating of news and information has always been an evolving process. Smoke signals and message sticks gave way to carrier pigeons and Morse code before morphing over the years into today’s menu of print, broadcast and online sources. Along the way consumers of news and information have also succumbed to the winds of change. Show More Summary

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