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Max Mason is a business reporter cover media, marketing, advertising, technology and telecommunications.

Kyle and Jackie O radio ratings slip, Dan and Maz improve, Alan Jones still king

Max Mason KIIS FM's star duo Kyle and Jackie O have slipped in the crucial Sydney breakfast slot and struggling rivals at 2DayFM Dan and Maz improved on lows, while Alan Jones extended his lead.

Seven West Media boss Tim Worner says regional TV running 'scare campaign'

Southern Cross Austereo chief executive Grant Blackley says change is essential to create a level playing field in the media industry.

Max Mason Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner says a push by regional broadcasters to get the government to reconsider changing media laws is a "scare campaign" with an ulterior motive of making their...

Changes to Google Chrome to impact Flash advertisements

Flash is out with HTML5 and CSS2 code is preferred for mobile advertising, according to tech leaders.

Max Mason Google is reducing its reliance on Flash with default settings on its popular Chrome web browser to be changed to "detect and run important plugin content" which will have an impact of advertisers...

Southern Cross buoyant on return of Hamish and Andy

Hamish Blake (left) and Andy Lee (right) are returning to national drive time radio.

Max Mason Hamish and Andy return to the national drive slot on the Today Network Monday afternoon and Southern Cross Austereo believe the star duo will have a big impact, but still understand there is a lot of...

Half of Junkee Media's ad revenue coming from branded content

Junkee Media chief executive Neil Ackland (left) and content director Tim Duggan (right).

Max Mason Native advertising has grown to account for more than 50 per cent of revenue for digital publisher Junkee Media.

Facebook Australia managing director Will Easton to leave for Asia


Max Mason Facebook managing director for Australia and New Zealand Will Easton will leave his current role to be head of emerging markets in the Asia Pacific at the social media juggernaut.

Guvera ready for Apple's push into music streaming

Max Mason The impending launch of Apple Music is set to shake-up the streaming marketplace but local player Guvera is welcoming the US technology giant into Australia.

Best chief marketers fail in order to succeed

Max Mason It's a message that might frighten some Australian companies, but it's what the most progressive chief marketing officers are crying out for.

Streaming satisfies changing view habits, Presto boss Shaun James says

Max Mason Having watched the music industry fall foul of Napster, Presto and its streaming rivals are seeking to get the movie and television industry on the front foot to make sure it does not face the same...

Carsales to take Carsguide to court

Carsales and Carsguides are due to meet in court in July.

Max Mason plans to defend claims brought forward by larger rival of alleged misleading and disceptive conduct with relation to a new advertising campaign launch earlier in June.

iiNet founder Michael Malone and Jeff Kennett join Seven West Media board

iiNet founder Michael Malone is one of three new independent directors to join Seven West Media.

Max Mason iiNet founder Michael Malone and former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett will join Seven West Media as two of four new appointments to the company's board.

Ryan Stokes to take the helm at Seven Group in July

Ryan Stokes will earn an annual salary of $1.6 million as CEO of Seven Group Holdings.

Max Mason Ryan Stokes, son of billionaire Kerry Stokes, will take up the top job at Seven Group Holdings at the beginning of July, following the retirement of Don Voelte, with an annual salary of $1.6 million.

IT issues hit Seek Learning earnings

An IT issue with TAFE NSW will affect Seek's results.

Max Mason Investors have punished SEEK after the employment portal and online education provider warned that it expected softer earnings than previously forecast.

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Ciaran Davis ready to take the reins at APN

Incoming APN News & Media chief executive  Ciaran Davis says radio's strength is that ''it's live and has local personalities

Max Mason A phone call on Thursday from APN News & Media chairman Peter Cosgrove to Ciaran Davis confirmed the ARN boss as the publisher, radio and advertising company's new chief executive.

WIN chief Andrew Lancaster disappointed by axing of media reforms

WIN joins others in hitting out against the government's decision to axe media reform.

Max Mason WIN chief executive Andrew Lancaster has joined fellow regional broadcaster Prime Media in voicing his disappointment at Tony Abbott's decision to kill off media reforms.

Peter Tonagh to step into Julian Clarke's shoes as News Corp CEO

Retiring News Corp Australian CEO Julian Clarke will be replaced by Peter Tonagh.

Max Mason The shuffle at the top of News Corp Australia will see the publisher take aim at Asia with Michael Miller returning, after two years at APN News & Media, as executive chairman for Australasia, and...

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John Hartigan hits out at Tony Abbott's 'captain's pick' on media reform

Regional television is working under a decades-old regulation model that needs change to compete with new entrants, Prime Media chariman John Hartigan says.

Max Mason and Matthew Knott Prime Media Group chairman and former News Limited boss John Hartigan has taken aim at the Coalition government's backdown on media reform.

Foxtel to double local content investment

Foxtel is turning to local content to win more customers.

Max Mason and David Ramli Foxtel is betting that a doubling of investment in local content by 2018 will help drive subscriber numbers, as Netflix, Stan, and its own Presto pick up momentum in the Australian market.

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Allan Fels says Foxtel-Ten deal unlikely to be blocked

Foxtel remote

Max Mason The burgeoning streaming TV market should clear away any major competition law concerns for Foxtel's proposed tie-up with the Ten Network, says former consumer watchdog head Allan Fels.

Foxtel deal raises News Corp's influence at Ten

Ten Network's new deal with Foxtel appears to leave executive chairman Hamish McLennan out in the cold.

Max Mason The long-await deal with Foxtel will tighten News Corporation's grip on Ten Network Holdings.