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Moguls

Kerry Stokes wants media reforms, not 'bits and pieces'

Kerry Stokes at the launch of his biography. He hasn't read the book yet.

Madeleine Heffernan 4:05pm Resources and media billionaire Kerry Stokes says he's not talking with the government about media ownership laws, but he'll be pleased when a complete package is presented.

TV

Seven bets on sport to beat the pirates

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Madeleine Heffernan 9:30am Seven West Media is banking on "piracy-proof" sport and Australian programming as key planks of its bid to stay the top-ranking free-to-air network for the rest of the decade.

Radio

Southern Cross lures back Hamish & Andy, issues $3m shares to pay talent

Comedians Hamish & Andy will return to the national drive slot from July.

Madeleine Heffernan Southern Cross Austereo is issuing more than $3 million in shares to staff as it lures popular comedians Hamish Blake & Andy Lee and dumps its underperforming Sydney breakfast team.

Super

OneVue confirms Eureka Report talks

James Kirby from <i>Eureka Report</i>.

Madeleine Heffernan Superannuation investment and administration platform operator OneVue says digital portal to provide more than $200 million in net new funds by June 2015.

Telcos

Vocus says Amcom merger could create third player

Vocus's chief executive, James Spenceley.

David Ramli Vocus Communications chief executive James Spenceley says a merger with Perth-based rival Amcom Telecommunications would create Australia’s third-largest provider of corporate telco services to take on Telstra and SingTel-Optus.

Telcos

Telstra's T-Box faces uncertain future

Foxtel - which is half owned by Telstra - is set to release a cheaper set-top box, which will carry its Presto subscription video demand service launched earlier this year.

JARED LYNCH Analysts say its too early to know if Telstra's T-Box has been cast a lifeline after the company launched a partnership with Yahoo7 to offer Channel Seven shows on its personal video recorder and internet television device.

Media

News Corp Australia, Eureka Report's Alan Kohler to sell financial products

Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp.

Madeleine Heffernan Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is set to target Australia's $1.85 trillion superannuation pool.

Friendship with Gough Whitlam flourished long after it was time to turn on the lights

Harold Mitchell dinkus Dinkus

HAROLD MITCHELL It is very rare for someone to be nationally known by his or her first name, and any measure our 21st prime minister was rare indeed.

Awards

Adele Ferguson receives two Walkley Award nominations for financial planning scandal reports

Adele Ferguson

The three finalists in the prestigious Business category of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism were announced today at a lunch hosted by ING Direct in Sydney.

TV

Ten needs Fox-style right wing 'revolution', says former investor Laurence Freedman

Left-wing filmaker Michael Moore shakes hands with right-wing commentator Bill O'Reilly on Fox News in the US.

JARED LYNCH Network Ten must completely transform itself, possibly into a right wing news channel like Fox, says a former investor in the struggling free-to-air broadcaster.

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Southern Cross Austereo hit by poor advertising market

MAX MASON Southern Cross Austereo has downgraded its earnings expectations for the first half, as a tough ad market and poor ratings across television and radio weigh on the broadcaster.

The smoke rings suggest something is afoot at Ten

Elizabeth Knight Dinkus Dinkus

ELIZABETH KNIGHT There is too much smoke around the future ownership of Network Ten for there to be no fire.

Media

Gina Rinehart to step down from Ten board, keeps shareholding

Gina Rinehart is stepping down from the board of Ten to concentrate on her Roy Hill iron ore project.

JARED LYNCH Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart will not relinquish her 10 per cent stake in struggling free-to-air broadcaster, Ten, despite planning to step down from the company's board.

Fairfax Media to publish polls again

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Madeleine Heffernan Fairfax Media is set to publish political polls again, inking a deal with market research company Ipsos that will lead to 10 federal polls a year plus state-based polls on demand.

Network Ten audience rises in 2014 as ABC and SBS record double-digit decline

Ten chief executive Hamish McLennan.

Madeleine Heffernan Network Ten is the only station to record a rise in prime-time audience this year, although overall TV audience figures have been dragged down by double-digit declines at the ABC and SBS.

Media

Ten stalked by takeover talk as private equity mulls bid

Shows such as <i>MasterChef</i> rate well for Ten, but the broadcaster's share of the advertising market is falling.

James Chessell, Sarah Thompson and Jake Mitchell New York hedge fund Anchorage Capital Group has approached Providence Equity Partners about exploring a joint bid for the struggling Ten Network Holdings.

Ten plans turnaround after annual loss

Ten chief executive Hamish McLennan: Sees green shoots.

Madeleine Heffernan Struggling free-to-air broadcaster Ten says it is "planning a turnaround in our fortunes" as it pins its hopes on new programs Shark Tank and I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2015.

Media

Ten's loss bigger than expected in ratings struggle

Revenue slumped by more than a quarter as Ten's inconsistent ratings deterred advertisers.

MAX MASON Tough conditions in the advertising market and poor ratings have pushed Ten Network Holdings to a full-year loss of $168 million, less than last year’s, following the write-down of its television licences.

Media

Netflix says Australia is an 'attractive' proposition

Innovative: Netflix released all 13 episodes of the first season of House of Cartdsat once.

Dominic White Netlfix has admitted its deep interest in Australia and New Zealand, increasing expectations that the US video streaming giant will launch Down Under in 2015.

Media

REA in $15 million deal for Hong Kong business Squarefoot

JARED LYNCH REA Group has hived off its Hong Kong business, Squarefoot, in a deal worth $15 million.

Advertising

Hong Kong company pays punters $1 to watch 30-sec advertisements

People are fighting over watching advertisements in Hong Kong and Taiwan, according to online marketing company JAG.

Media

ABC needs a digital future, says news director Kate Torney

ABC news director Kate Torney.

Madeleine Heffernan Stopping the ABC from expanding online would effectively kill it, says its news director, Kate Torney.

Ten looking to ramp up brand-funded shows

Hamish McLennan: Ten CEO.

MAX MASON Ten Network seeks to boost revenue by airing content completely funded by advertisers next year, as the market awaits the struggling free-to-air broadcaster's full-year result this week.

ARIAs launch in Asia as Australian artists' influence grows

Chet Faker has nine ARIA nominations.

JARED LYNCH The music industry awards, the ARIAs, will be televised in Asia for the first time this year as Australian music makes waves around the world.

TV plans YouTube counteroffensive

Megan Clarken, Nielsen global head of digital.

Paul McIntyre The expansion of the TV ratings system into online video will make 2015 a watermark year for broadcasters, says Nielsen’s global head of digital Megan Clarken.

Supermarkets major players in magazine market with readers hungry for free food content

Shoppers at the big supermarkets not only buy lots of groceries but increasingly pick up the Coles Magazine and Woolworths' Fresh.

Madeleine Heffernan Woolworths and Coles already have a stranglehold on Australian groceries. Their march has continued to the under-pressure magazine industry.

Supermarkets major players in magazine market with readers hungry for free food content

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Madeleine Heffernan Woolworths and Coles' dominance has expanded to the under-pressure magazine industry.

Supermarkets mad about the mags

Madeleine Heffernan Woolworths and Coles already have a stranglehold on Australian groceries. Their march has continued to the under-pressure magazine industry.

31 more names added to the Media Hall of Fame

Caroline Wilson

LAWRENCE MONEY Melbourne Press Club rounds off its Media Hall of Fame with a new generation of journalists.

Media

News Corp chief Robert Thomson: Newspapers need to make a profit

Newspapers should be

Madeleine Heffernan News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson says publications needs to be profitable as well as carry out a "profound social role".

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