Australian police have attacked the way The Australian newspaper reported its planned terror raids, claiming that the newspaper’s exclusive was available before the operation had actually taken place early this morning (Tuesday).
Four people are in custody today with more arrests a possibility, the Victorian police commissioner, Simon Overland, said today.
The Australian defended its decision to publish in an article available here. The Australian does not accept that the paper was available for sale before raids were conducted, it reports.
Australian newspapers aren’t finding it as tough as many of their US and UK counterparts, John Hartigan, the chairman and chief executive of News Ltd, claimed in a speech on Wednesday. Roy Greenslade picked up on the Murdoch-owned Australian newspaper’s report that the nation’s print publications are ‘holding up well’.
“Sydney-based Fairfax Media, publisher of newspapers including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review, said underlying earnings could fall to around $600 million, before depreciation, amortisation, interest and tax, and assuming no further deterioration in advertising markets.”
“A major gap in the proposed whistleblower protection legislation has been highlighted by the case of an army corporal,” the Australian newspaper reports.
The corporal is facing discharge for being obese after he spoke out to a major newspaper, the report continues.
“Queensland’s Sunday Mail last week broke the story about the unnamed 15-year army veteran appealing against his discharge after being found to be obese in a bodymass index test.”
The corporal “is now facing three disciplinary charges relating to talking to the media, which are expected to be heard today. But he would not get any protection under the current or proposed whistleblower protection measures.”
An extract from Michael Gawenda’s A.N Smith lecture, in which the former editor of The Age says that “the editors of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have no control over their papers’ websites. All the talk of newsroom integration is rendered meaningless as a result.”
Fairfax media’s digital arm has launched TheVine – a news, entertainment and social networking site aimed at 18-29 year olds, The Australian reports.
According to the report, Pippa Leary, Fairfax digital managing director for media, Fairfax staff will make some contribution to the site, which is also be linked to by the group’s Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Brisbane Times websites.
However, an editorial team for the site will be recruited and managed by project partner youth marketing company LifeLounge, as the Fairfax team is too old for the TheVine’s intended readership.