Politicians may need to be crazy brave to oppose the interests of the Murdoch press.
Rupert Murdoch, an American by choice since 1985, is the most powerful man in Australian media. His local company, News Limited, while dominating the Australian press, is but a fraction of a globalised News consortium selling cable and satellite TV, films, music and newspapers.
Dial M for Murdoch is a blistering account of News International‘s, excesses in Britain, written by Independent newspaper journalist, Martin Hickman, and Tom Watson, a Labour MP. More…
News Limited has ditched its traditional newspaper structure to meet the demands of 24/7 multiplatform journalism.
The legacy of a series of takeovers and expansions, News Limited had 19 Divisions, including The Herald and Weekly Times in Melbourne, Queensland Newspapers and Nationwide News in Sydney.
Under the new organisation, management will be reduced to five divisions with multiplatform responsibilities.
News Limited, owned by the US based News Corporation, publishes most of Australia’s major newspapers, including the Herald Sun, the Courier Mail, the Sunday Mail, the Adelaide Advertiser and the Sydney Telegraph. While Rupert Murdoch was one of the first newspaper publishers to warn against the impact of the internet, News Corporation’s attempts to diversify into new media such as My Space, have floundered. Newspapers are now a relatively minor part of international News Corporation operations which are dominated by cable television, satellite services, movies, and other entertainment.
Australia’s leading quality press, Fairfax newspapers, have taken a big step towards becoming a virtual news group.
Fairfax Media, which published the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review, today announced the closure of its major printing presses and dumping the traditional broadsheet format, while foreshadowing more than 1900 redundancies.
The impact of today’s announcement reflects the narrow ownership of Australia’s news media. Fairfax may be centred in only Sydney and Melbourne, but it represents a liberal alternative to the dominant Murdoch press and the government funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation. More…