Mike Munro is joining Network Ten. Its Sydney news director John Choueifate has just announced the veteran broadcaster will present the network’s weekend news bulletins from February 9.
Munro likened taking up the role to ‘‘coming home’’.
‘‘Ten was my first job in television as a 25-year-old,’’ he said.
The brother of Ash Cosgriff, a BASE jumper who plunged to his death from the tallest structure in Australia on Saturday, has urged the person who removed his helmet camera to hand it to police.
"We don't know who it was, but he would've been freaking out at the time and just taken the camera,’’ said Mr Cosgriff's brother Rory Cosgriff.
Ashleigh Gleeson and Caroline Zielinski report that celebrations for the life of Mr Cosgriff were held on the Gold Coast and in Muswellbrook yesterday after he died when BASE jumping from the 432-metre Omega tower near Woodside in Victoria on Saturday.
Ash Cosgriff died while BASE jumping in Victoria at the weekend. Photo: Facebook
It was a Tale of Two Telegraphs this morning.
In its first edition, a front-page ‘"exclusive’’ bragged about the ethics of a Bandido charity drive.
But in its later editions, pages 1 and 2 are cleared to make way for a comprehensive report on dirty deals and corruption in the building industry.
The articles make reference to ‘‘reports’’ that "emerged" overnight.
Not one reference to the three-page exclusive in The Sydney Morning Herald that details serious allegations of standover tactics on building sites, including Barangaroo.
If you want to read what the Tele was reading, you’ll find it here.
Daily Telegraph front pages 28 January 2014
The National Secretary of the CFMEU has called on anyone aware of any criminal activity in the building industry to go to police.
The union has just posted Dave Noonan’s statement on its website.
‘‘The CFMEU is not the corporate regulator to approve which individuals and which companies can and cannot operate in the industry nor are we the body that can investigate criminal matters,’’ he said.
‘‘These are issues for ASIC and the police force and we have consistently called on them to do their job.’’
It follows Fairfax Media's investigation into the issue this morning.
Traffic heading through Seven Hills should exercise caution after a truck broke down on Abbott Road near Old Windsor Road. One of the eastbound lanes is blocked.
It is already shaping up to be a big 2014 for Adam Goodes.
But when it comes to the football season, he said he would treat this year like any other – as if it were his last.
Andrew Wu writes that the newly crowned Australian of the Year said football would be his No.1 priority, but he would use his award as a means to help eliminate casual racism from Australia.
Goodes' efforts on and off the field also occupy the Herald's letters pages.
"When someone like Adam Goodes is awarded Australian of the Year, it makes an Australian like me, who has a brown face, feel a bit special too. I can't wait for the first Swans home game of 2014 to cheer for this remarkable Australian."
Apnavi Saddington Turramurra
Fairfax Media columnist and former Howard government minister Peter Reith has turned his attention this morning to the quality of the federal opposition.
He writes that Labor's tactics will not only make it harder for the government to fix problems but it will undermine its own electoral prospects.
Opposition is not a waste of time; it is an essential time to regroup and reframe policy and the public debate. Labor has got it all wrong if it thinks it will return to office by mimicking [Prime Minister Tony] Abbott.
Today could be a big day for Peter Cosgrove.
PM Tony Abbott is expected to announce the former defence chief as our new Governor-General, replacing Quentin Bryce, whose term ends in March.
Former Chief of the Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove is to be Australia's next governor-general, according to a report. Photo: Tony Walters
Three years after British tabloid News of the World went out of business, one of its former journalists has admitted to accessing celebrities’ voicemail messages.
Dan Evans told a UK court he was recruited by the psper from the rival Sunday Mirror in 2005 because of his hacking skills.
The 38-year-old appeared as a prosecution witness at the trial of former editors Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and other executives. All seven on trial deny the charges linked to hacking.
Victim of News International phone hacking ... actor Jude Law arrives to give evidence at the Old Bailey courthouse in London.
And the dollar has risen slightly this morning, buying 87.31 US cents this morning.
Local stocks are poised to open sharply lower today, as Australian investors catch-up with a global sell-off.
Andrew Laming, Facebook
What were you doing on Australia Day? Andrew Laming was doing this (see pic).
The federal Liberal MP, naturally enough from Queensland, was forced to defend himself following some criticism after this photo of him skolling a beer while upside down did the rounds on social media.
Laming was at a private party in Ormiston, south-east Queensland, where he turned up to deliver Lamingtons.
But not everyone was a critic. As he later posted himself:
Appreciate the good-hearted commentary everyone. Clearly the science is in. Males can multi-task.— Andrew Laming (@AndrewLamingMP) January 27, 2014
The number of people who are reportedly now sick with a gastrointestinal illness on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship has doubled to almost 600.
The Miami-based company says it is taking several steps to compensate the 577 sick passengers.
At least 300 were reportedly ill when it docked in the US Virgin Islands yesterday. The ship will arrive back in the US later this week.
Passengers hit by gastro bug ... The Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas sits docked at Charlotte Amalie Harbour in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
There are warnings this morning that peak-hour traffic might be disrupted around the scene of a large factory fire at Kingswood.
Emergency services were called out to the mechanical and rental warehouse on Cox Avenue at 3am when it was found to be well alight.
There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is unknown.
Local diversions around the scene are in place, and police are asking motorists to avoid the area where possible.
The Australian communications regulator has called for the major telcos to deliberately slow down data speeds on mobile plans when customers reach their data usage limit – in what they describe as a final hurdle for consumers to escape "bill shock".
Alan Chalmers, manager of consumer interests at ACMA, said it would be a “major step forward for consumers” if telcos adopted the “shaping” model that had proved enormously successful for T-Mobile in the American market.
As Sarah Whyte and Ben Grubb report, the model - also known as throttling - slows down the internet data speed on a mobile phone when a customer reaches their download quota to reduce costs to the consumer.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is due to resume in Sydney this morning, the first public inquiry of 2014.
The two-week hearing is set to examine the Salvation Army’s movement of staff linked to child sex abuse between children’s homes in NSW and Queensland.
It is the fifth case study by the national inquiry.
It will focus on four homes, including the Bexley Boys Home in Sydney and the Gill Memorial Boys Home in Goulburn.
As students prepare to return to school this week, the NSW Education Minister has sat down to pen an opinion piece for today’s Herald.
Adrian Piccoli writes that he is determined to support the performance of our school system where it matters - with teachers.
The quality of teaching is the single largest in-school influence on student performance. Studies have shown that students with highly effective teachers can make much faster progress in their learning than other students - absorbing up to two years of learning in a single year.
She picked up two Grammys and a heap more praise, but Lorde is not hanging about in LA to gloat.
The New Zealand teenager is set to leave Tinseltown after her media duties to make it back to her hometown of Auckland in time for a special gig tomorrow.
She's then heading our way for the Laneway Festivals, with the first show to kick off in Brisbane at the end of the month.
Lorde. Photo: Aleksandar Jason
Leading the other main papers:
- The AFR also carries details of the Fairfax building industry exclusive. It otherwise reports that Asian stocks were hammered on Monday as fears of a growing markets meltdown gripped the region and looked certain to slip into Australia.
- The Oz says Australia and Japan are preparing to sign a free trade agreement when Japan's PM Shinzo Abe travels to Canberra and becomes the first Japanese leader to address the Australian Parliament.
- And the Tele was leading with a story that the Bandido bikie gang is using sick children in a bid to make the public think they are charitable. Until it discovered Fairfax's building industry story ...
A company controlled by crime figure George Alex has been supplying contract labour to the building site at Barangaroo with the knowledge and support of senior figures within the NSW branch of the building workers' union.
That story by Marcus Strom and Nick McKenzie leads the Herald today, part of a Fairfax Media exclusive investigation into a network of dirty deals inside the building industry.
It's part of a series of reports by Fairfax journalists, in conjunction with the ABC's 7.30, that elsewhere details how some officials from Australia's powerful building unions are being bribed by corrupt companies that need their support to win multimillion-dollar contracts.
Police are investigating a what is believed to be a targeted shooting in Sydney’s west overnight.
A number of shots were fired into a car parked at the back of an Austral property shortly after 1am, police said.
Some of the shots also penetrated the rear of the Twelfth Avenue property.
Two people inside the house at the time were not injured, police said.