The CEO of M&C Saatchi brings forward handover amid the coronavirus carnage hitting the advertising market.


Nine changes here ‘for some time’

Nine boss Hugh Marks warns staff the impact of coronavirus will be far-reaching and will ‘fundamentally reshape’ the media giant.

NRL Suspends Season Due To Coronavirus Crisis

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Nine ups pressure on Greenberg

The Nine Network has upped the ante in their simmering dispute with the NRL as its boss fights to save his job.

Kyle Sandilands (The Kyle & Jackie O Show, KIIS FM) at Radio Alive 2019. Picture: Supplied


HT&E snaps up oOh!media stake

KIIS radio owner HT&E has taken a stake in struggling ad group oOh!media, which labelled the purchase ‘opportunistic’.

2016 Future Forum


Dow Jones CEO Will Lewis to leave

The departure of The Wall Street Journal’s top executive adds to upheaval in media industry.

New Bauer CEO and COO - Media Section


PacMags deal completion delayed

Seven West Media and Bauer have extended the completion date of their $40m magazine deal, amid legal action over the sale.

Foxtel Shots


Live sport cuts reduce Foxtel staff numbers

Foxtel makes 200 redundancies and stands down another 140 people till June 30 because of COVID-19 work stoppages.


YouTube urged to stop 5G lies

The federal government has sent a letter to YouTube asking it to remove dangerous COVID-19 misinformation from its platform.


Pacific heads to court to finish Bauer magazine deal

Pacific Magazines is taking Bauer Media to court to wrap up the $40m acquisition of its magazine business.

Media titans brawl

Jones, Bolt, Hadley in nasty Pell feud

A slanging match between the broadcasters has escalated in the wake of George Pell’s successful High Court win.

More Media

April 8, 2020 April 8, 2020


Beach to exit Sunday Times

Michael Beach

WA’s Sunday Times editor Michael Beach has fallen victim to Seven West Media’s cost cutting drive.

April 8, 2020


‘Team Australia’ is missing key players

Ita Buttrose poses for a photograph at the ABC offices in Sydney, Thursday, June 6, 2019. Ms Buttrose has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) as part of the Queen's Birthday honours for her eminent service to the community through leadership in the media, the arts, and the health sector, and as a role model. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING

Many people, including industry super fund CEOs, public servants, some politicians and the ABC, didn’t get the email.

April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020


Pell case became mired in church’s sins

The High Court’s decision concludes one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in Australian history.

April 7, 2020


Shelved writer won’t back down


Louise Milligan, who authored a book on Cardinal George Pell, asked Twitter followers to ‘Hug your children’ when the High Court published its judgment.

April 7, 2020


Southern Cross Media secures bulk of $169m capital raising

Axle Whitehead at the Triple M Oztober Garage Session at The Prince Bandroom, St Kilda on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Picture: Supplied

The group, which operates radio stations Triple M and Hit Network, has raised $149m from institutional investors.

April 7, 2020


House Rules fails to fire

House Rules Cast 2020

Seven Network's House Rules: High Stakes has received a lukewarm reception from content hungry viewers.

April 7, 2020


Lack of protective gear ‘a worry’

Opposition health spokesman Chris Bowen on Monday's Q&A on ABC television.

Personal protective equipment, government modelling and the Ruby Princess nightmare dominated debate on Monday night’s Q&A.

April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020


Aussie media ‘defaming’ Chinese companies

People wearing face masks stand in front of a Communist Party of China flag along a street in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on April 2, 2020. - Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, is very slowly re-emerging from more than two months of demoralising lockdown. But endless rows of plastic yellow or blue barriers now run along streets throughout the city of 11 million people, just one indication of how life for its traumatised residents remains severely disrupted. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

The Chinese Embassy has taken aim at media groups who highlighted those that bought up medical supplies in Australia to send back to China.

April 6, 2020


Media groups launch cost cuts

Southern Cross

Southern Cross Media announces $169m capital raising and cost-cutting drive, as HT&E trims pay and staff hours.

April 6, 2020


Tech titans told: strike news deal now

ACCC chair Rod Sims

ACCC chairman Rod Sims has vowed to force tech giants to share revenue with media companies if a deal can’t be negotiated in good faith.

April 6, 2020


Regional outlets plead for government help

ABC Managing Director David Anderson, News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller and Nine Entertainment CEO Hugh Marks after a press conference in Canberra, Wednesday, November 13, 2019. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Regional broadcasters Prime Media, Southern Cross Media and Bruce Gordon’s WIN are in talks with the federal government.

April 6, 2020


Public turns to trusted sources

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Reliable and trustworthy news is in high demand as the public flock to TV, online news and newspapers.

April 6, 2020


Viewers tune in to Nine, Seven

Sectret City - Steve and Chris

The majority of Australians are picking commercial TV networks and traditional media outlets for all the latest on the coronavirus.

April 6, 2020


Don’t count on ‘Sleeping Beauty’ comeback

Rowan Lowe as Prince Paul of Wales and Harmony Barath as Sleeping Beauty in Towers Players' Sleeping Beauty and the Liquidator. Picture: Supplied.

The media has split into two camps on dealing with the economy in the face of COVID-19.

April 6, 2020


Now is a time to spend, not bend

The main reason it’s smart to spend more on advertising in a recession is that your rivals will be cutting their ad budgets.

April 6, 2020


Online virus threatens future of mainstream journalism

Chris Kenny, The Australian Opinion columnist

A contagion has threatened mainstream commercial media for more than a decade and COVID-19 has intensified its effect.

April 5, 2020 April 5, 2020


No radio silence for 2GB’s big guns

John Fordham Funeral

Top broadcasters like Alan Jones, Ray Hadley and Ben Fordham generally get an Easter break from the airwaves. Not this year.

April 5, 2020


Network boom as we home phone

Kerri Elliott

Major telephone networks have experienced a surge of demand for Voice over Wi-Fi services as people operate in lockdown.

April 5, 2020


Defence axes Zoom over security flaws

Video Conferencing Software Zoom Goes Public On Nasdaq Exchange

Defence personnel have been banned from using Zoom amid concerns hostile foreign actors could exploit security flaws in the system.

April 5, 2020


No imminent ABC staff cuts

ABC Managing Director David Anderson appears at a Senate estimates hearing at Parliament House in Canberra, February, Tuesday 11, 2020. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Staff at commercial media groups are sharing the pain with their employers, but there are no similar plans for ABC in 2020.

April 3, 2020 April 3, 2020


Dr Swan’s dire predictions off mark

The Health Report's Dr Norman Swan

‘Believe in maths, not magic’, Dr Norman Swan tweeted. Thankfully, his grim pandemic predictions aren’t adding up, says Hendo.

April 3, 2020


‘Stop blocking the news’: Media rejects ad screening

APN Outdoor advertising for DataRoom

News is in huge demand and media companies under enormous commercial pressure, but advertisers don’t want to know.

April 2, 2020 April 2, 2020


Crisis to end era of huge TV deals

Behind the scenes. Foxtel. Fox Sports. AFL coverage. TV broadcasting. Geelong v St Kilda. Telstra Dome. TV camera.

COVID-19 may have signalled the death of the multi-billion dollar TV sports rights deal.

April 2, 2020


Skeleton staff to run Network 10 after Easter

Peter Helliar

A skeleton staff will be on deck to run the television broadcaster’s news and locally-produced programs.

April 2, 2020


Bauer’s local future up in the air

New Bauer CEO and COO - Media Section

Bauer is understood to have hired EY to review its Australian business, in the wake of closing its New Zealand magazines.

April 2, 2020


Virus, big tech a ‘one-two’ blow for media

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman Rod Sims speaks to the media in Sydney, Thursday, February 13, 2020. A $15 billion merger between Vodafone Australia and TPG has been given the green light, but the consumer watchdog says it will cause mobile data prices to rise. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING

ACCC chair Rod Sims says media organisations have been dealt a double blow by tech giants and the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 2, 2020


Australia under review as Bauer exits NZ

Woman's day cover

The owner of Women’s Weekly and Woman’s Day is shutting its New Zealand magazine business and is understood to be launching a strategic review of Australian operations.

April 2, 2020


Heavy hearts as presses stop running

Eric Lobbecke 20200401

Governments have ignored media reforms for years; now we’re paying.

April 1, 2020 April 1, 2020


‘Warning ignored’: local papers on hold

News Corp Townhall With Michael Miller

News Corp Australia’s boss slammed government inaction as community newspaper print editions were halted.

April 1, 2020


Back off the singles: we need each other

Supplied image of Sky News reporter Annelise Nielsen (C) at her 30th birthday party who is living through self isolation on her own during the coronavirus pandemic.

When I made a candid confession on Sky News that I was single and living alone through the virus crisis, my phone lit up.

Business Review Editor

Eric Johnston joined The Australian in July 2014. Previously he was the business editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, overseeing award-winning business coverage and driving investigative reporting. He also has worked at The AFR and as a correspondent with Dow Jones, where his stories appeared in The Wall Street Journal.

Business Review Editor

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