Media Flash - May 28, 2001

Published: Mon 28 May 2001 09:47 AM
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Sunday Newspaper Closes
* COLIN DUCK'S brave Sunday Advertiser tabloid experiment in Geelong has closed. There was no edition yesterday. There was no major announcement in Saturday's Geelong Advertiser, except to indicate that the Monday-Saturday editions were now 'Bigger, Better, Bolder, Bumper, Brighter and Banter'. The Monday edition of the broadsheet boasts that its Sports Extra section will now be 24 pages; Wednesday's edition will carry DERRYN HINCH'S column; and the Friday edition includes a seven-day TV guide. The Sunday Advertiser started last year as a four-week trial over the period of the Sydney Olympic Games. A newsroom staffer told Media Flash: 'It came as a shock to a lot of us here. Very senior management - as in overseas - made the decision.'
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Radley Deals: 'Technical Breach'
* ADAM RADLEY, ISIS Communications founder, says he has only committed 'technical breaches' with an attempt by his company to sell 72.4 million shares plus options to Canadian Global Media, which has just declared bankruptcy. NICOLE LINDSAY of The Australian Financial Review says the Australian Stock Exchange banned RADLEY from voting at the ISIS AGM 'because of breaches to the escrow conditions on his 45 per cent stake in the company'.
ACP Buys 4.9 Per Cent of PMP
* KERRY PACKER'S Australian Consolidated Press purchased a strategic 5 per cent holding in PMP Ltd. DAVID GARDINER, ACP Chief Financial Officer, was reported by Australian Associated Press to say that the acquisition was made during the past few months to protect its interests. ACP is said to have complained to PROFESSOR ALLAN FELS' ACCC about the possible PMP merger with the IPMG group controlled by the families of MICHAEL HANNAN and JOHN B. FAIRFAX.
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G'Day, G'Day To New Mag
* THE NATIONAL PARTY appears to be behind a new national magazine, G'Day G'Day, launched this month by Queensland-based publisher KEVIN C. KIEPE. Down Under Publishing and Promotions has produced the 68-page glossy, printed by PMP, distributed by Gordon & Gotch, and selling at newsagents for $7.95. KIEPE'S publishers' note says his recent trip around the country want 'action rather than words'. So, it seems, he has started a magazine full of words ... including interviews with National Party leader/Deputy PM JOHN ANDERSON, and politician BOB KATTER. The frontispiece carries a piece/ad(?) from the National Party of Australia which says it is 'supporting the vision'. A five-page article by ROBERT RICE carries a strapline: 'Nationals In Government - Fighting For You'. Many other interviewees are wearing cowboy hats.
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Wild-FM Loses Licence Bid
* PROFESSOR DAVID FLINT'S Australian Broadcasting Authority judged that community radio station licence aspirant Sydney Youth Radio Inc 'is operated as part of a profit-making enterprise'. The ABA report says: 'Between March 1997 and September 2000, SYRI entered into 16 agreements with Did it! Pty Ltd, a company owned by the then President and current station manager of SYRI, ANTHONY GHERGHETTA. Most of the agreements relate to the production and sale of CDs using the name and logo of SYRI's on-air identifier, WILD; one agreement deals with the production and sale of CDs along with other matters; and the remainder relate to other agreements between SYRI and DIPL.'
* MORGAN WILLIAMS, 'one of the principals of Central Station Records ... is the current Treasurer and a former President of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Broadcasters Inc' 'SYRI is an integral part of an enterprise relating to the production and sale of CDs bearing the WILD name and logo. Because of this, the ABA has concluded that SYRI is operated as part of a profit-making enterprise.'
* DONALD ROBERTSON, ABA Manager, Media & PR, issued a News Release on Friday informing that Sydney's new community radio licence will be allocated to FREE Broadcast Incorporated (94.5 FM), Gadigal Information Service (93.7) and Muslim Community Radio (92.1).
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Press Council: Complaints Upheld
* VINCENT FAZIO'S complaint to The Australian Press Council about The Australian has been upheld. He says an article implied that MR and MRS FAZIO do not reside at the Woy Woy address under which they are enrolled to vote in the Federal seat of Robertson and therefore were involved in a 'branch stacking crisis'. The APC upheld the complaint because 'of the gratuitous publication of the full address of the FAZIO Woy Woy house, and because the 'branch stacking' charge was not substantiated.'
* MAYOR ANNE PORTESS of the Herberton Shire (Qld) had her complaints against the Cairns Post upheld. The newspaper published a front-page picture of two bodies sprawled, one in a doorway of, and the other outside, an Atherton Tableland farmhouse, the result of a double shooting. 'Complaints about the publication of pictures of dead bodies present the Council with difficulties. The Council has adopted a general approach that there is a difference between photographs of the unidentified victims of foreign carnage and a front-page picture of a body in a local community where the victim is well known.'
* NAOMI ARROWSMITH and RON WATT were charged with criminal damage after an incident at last year's World Economic Forum in Melbourne. A magistrate dismissed the charge, but accepted a guilty plea from both persons to a lesser charge of wilful damage. The complainants were ordered to each pay $93 for a damaged padlock, but were awarded close to $3000 in costs. 'The Herald Sun described its report as 'completely accurate'. The Press Council accepts that it generally conveyed various details of the trial accurately. However there was a serious error of fact in referring to charges being 'withdrawn' instead of 'dismissed'. To this extent, the complaint is upheld.'
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* VICTOR MELI was reported in Media Flash (March 10) as criticising 2GLF, in his role as a 2RDJ Director. A reader, probably with his own axe to grind (but doing it well), sends us Thursday's Media Release about a MR MELI from the NSW Department of Fair Trading:
* 'Meli preyed on those least able to afford it" One of the worst unlicensed car repairers seen in recent years in NSW has been fined over $5000 in Parramatta Local Court, the NSW Fair Trading Minister, JOHN WATKINS, said today. * 'MR WATKINS said a company owned by VICTOR MELI, Vosmo Pty Ltd was fined last week for contravening the Motor Vehicle Repairs Act by running an unlicensed vehicle repair business, RMX Automatics, in Cowper Street, Granville. * 'MR MELI also recently had a repairer's licence revoked for carrying out repair work below the acceptable trade standard. The licence was held by Caja Pty Ltd, a company operated by MELI and trading as AM Automatics. * "I do not want to see this man operating again as a car repairer," MR WATKINS said. "MELI preyed on those least able to afford it," he said. "He overcharged for substandard work and bullied his customers when they complained. "He is a serial rip-off artist - and it is time the public was warned against him.' * 'MELI has a long and appalling track record. Over the years, he has kept popping up behind at least 10 new businesses. What each business had in common was a record of complaints about misleading advertising, substandard workmanship and overcharging. The NSW Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Council has been involved in numerous disputes between vehicle owners and MELI'S former repair businesses. * 'In one case, a woman who owned a Magna car responded to MELI'S advertisement for a fully reconditioned exchange automatic transmission for $550, including installation. After the car had been left at MELI'S workshop, the owner was told the $550 had escalated to $1,100 because a torque converter was needed. After much unpleasantness - and faced with the prospect of having to tow away her car without a transmission - the owner reluctantly agreed to pay $950. This matter was taken to the Fair Trading Tribunal and an order was made for a refund to be made to the owner of $475. * During last week's Parramatta Court hearing, the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Council lawyer described MR MELI'S behaviour as reprehensible and showing a total disregard and disdain for his legal obligations. "The court result shows that MELI'S business practices will not be tolerated," MR WATKINS said. 'NSW motor vehicle owners have a right to expect good quality repair work at a proper price," he said. * The Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Council, the official body dealing with complaints against vehicle repairers, can be contacted on 9712 2200.
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Melbourne Memo
* PETER BLUNDEN'S elevation to Editor-in-Chief of all Herald & Weekly Times Ltd publications saw a facelift to this week's Sunday Herald Sun, which now strongly resembles the weekday editions. Editor ALAN HOWE'S edition now includes more pix rather than the slabs of types which earned criticism from News Corporation 'Deputy Chief Operating Officer' LACHLAN MURDOCH. Meanwhile, LACHIE would be happier with Sydney's Sunday Telegraph, where Editor JENI COOPER gave Page 7 prominence to PHILLIP KOCH'S yarn about a new movie - Head Over Heels - featuring model (although she is termed 'supermodel') SARAH O'HARE (MRS LACHLAN MURDOCH). The final paragraph of the story reads: 'To buy a ticket to the premiere of Head Over Heels or make a donation, call (02) 9235 3444.'
* ROSS and CHRIS McPHERSON'S Shepparton News made a 'donation' of 50 newsagent posters - 'Have You Seen This Man?' - to assist Police in their bid to catch a man who sexually assaulted two six-year-old girls at Nagambie. The brothers also appear to have started to reinvigorate the modern tabloid, after the last few audits saw sales head just a little south. Friday's edition commented that athlete 'CATHY FREEMAN is almost twice the person she used to be'. The paper also sent journalists CAMPBEL GILES and DEAN SAVAGE to hypnotist STEVEN SPELLMASTER. GILES noted her dirty dancing with a blow-up doll.
Queensland Quips
* RACHAEL TEMPLETON led a Gold Coast Bulletin special report on Saturday with an investigation showing 'one group of immigrants has slowly built up a multi-billion dollar property portfolio, snaring huge tracts of Gold Coast land, units and housing'. TEMPLETON reveals New Zealanders 'owns more than 98 per cent of all foreign-owned land on the Gold Coast.'
* HARRY GORDON, former Queensland Newspapers Editor-in-Chief and Herald & Weekly Times honcho, now of the Gold Coast, has been awarded the Olympic Order in Silver for outstanding service to the movement.
* TED HARRIS has had his complaint to the Australian Press Council dismissed about the Redland Times suburban newspaper. HARRIS was a Liberal Party campaign director. He issued a press release, which he complains was deliberately held over by the newspaper so it could contact the Labor Party member for his opinion and input. 'The story was published the following week ... quoting both sides ... The Press Council finds the article, and subsequent coverage of the issues, provided adequate balance.'
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Air Waves
* LAWRENCE MONEY, Sunday Age Spy columnist, reported on the forthcoming 3AW reunion for former staffers, to be held on October 6 at the Chifley On Flemington Hotel. The in-house circular says they want to 'get together in one place at one time as many former 3AW employees as possible'. Former breakfast session king JOHN BLACKMAN hasn't been able to find his name on the invitation list ... but wife CECILE is! BLACKERS might be left to hope that CECILE receives an invitation that says 'And Partner'.
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* CAROL COULTER, PA to KERRY PACKER for 20 years, is 'hanging up the pad and pencil', according to PETER GOSNELL'S Bottom Of The Harbour column in The Daily Telegraph.
* ITA BUTTROSE has ceded control as Chairman of Terraplanet. according to The Daily Telegraph, she and other former directors made a release to the Australian Stock Exchange on Thursday, but that was soon replaced by lawyer PETER VALEZ, acting on behalf of the new Board. The paper said a KPMG report reveals 'losses for the (year to March 31, 2001) were $1.922 million more than the results reported in the company's management accounts'.
Smaller Names Dept.
* NEIL BROOKS, former Seven sports commentator, 'will be summonsed to appear in court after a hydroponic system used to cultivate cannabis allegedly was found in his back yard shed', reports Adelaide's Advertiser. 'He had been one of Australia's biggest-paid personalities after signing a four year, $2.8 million contract with Channel 7 before being dumped in 1999 after he made derogatory comments about women in a magazine interview'.
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* INMA - the International Newspaper Marketing Association - has held its World Congress in San Francisco. Some winners of Editor & Publisher/INMA Awards were:
* Category 1. In-Newspaper Promotion: Readership. 125,000-300,000. 2nd. The New Zealand Herald. Olympics Campaign. Over 300,000. 1st. Advertiser Newspapers Ltd, Adelaide.
* Category 2. In-Newspaper Promotion: Advertising. 50,000-125,000. 2nd. The Press, Christchurch, NZ.
* Category 9. Multi-Media Promotion. 50,000-125,000. 2nd. The Press, Christchurch, NZ. 'The Press - Brand Campaign'. 125,000-300,000. 1st. The Evening Post, Wellington, NZ.
* Category 11. Premiums/Incentives. Under 50,000. 2nd. Townsville Bulletin, Townsville, Qld. 125,000-300,000. 2nd. The New Zealand Herald, Auckland, NZ.
* Category 13. Community Service. 1st. Townsville Bulletin, Townsville, Qld. 'Operation East Timor.
* Category 15. Newspapers In Education. Over 300,000. 1st. The Daily Telegraph, Sydney.
* Category 17. Outstanding Results. Under 50,000. 1st. Townsville Bulletin, Townsville, Qld. 'Top 30 Clients'. Over 300,000. 1st. The Sunday Telegraph, Sydney. 'Torch Relay'.
Glass House
* ROXANNE DUNKEL'S Australian Jewish News is supporting a 'Footy Breakfast' with media types ROBERT WALLS (3AW) and TIM WATSON (HSV7) on Sunday (June 3), where readers are invited to 'join The Presidents', with the paper's list including JOE GUTNICK, most recently President of the Melbourne Football Club. The paper would have to be a daily, not a weekly, to keep that ad current!
Media Money
* $347,322: BRONWYN BISHOP'S bill to read articles about herself. Labor says the Aged Care Minister's media monitoring bill spiked to $95,243 after the Riverside Nursing Home kerosene bath scandal, reports The Canberra Times.
* $125 MILLION: SBS had a $9 million increase in the Federal Budget, but its chief NIGEL MILAN seeks more, considering the ABC's $17.8 million additional allocation for regional programming.
* $710.5 MILLION: the ABC allocation in PETER COSTELLO'S Budget.
* TONY FENWICK, demolition contractor for the Royal Canberra Hospital, is suing The Australian, Daily Telegraph and The Newcastle Herald for alleged defamation. FENWICK says the papers alleged he was facing certain charges, some six weeks after specific charges were withdrawn. FENWICK is yet to face another charge in August, reports The Canberra Times.
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Australian Media Job Directory
* ROLAN COWLEY, Advertising Manager of The Land, seeks an Advertising Sales Executive, to be based at North Richmond (NSW).
* CATHERINE BAYLIS, at the Adelaide office of tmp.worldwide, has information for a Writer/Editor applying for the 12 month contract job of Print Production Manager.
* THE SOUND TELEGRAPH at Rockingham and Kwinana (WA) advertises for a Newspaper Sales Manager. The 30-year-old newspaper is part of the South West Printing and Publishing Co Ltd, based at Bunbury. PO Box 5001, Bunbury, 6231.
* DON SCHOLTE, Newspaper Sales Manager at The Canberra Times, is on the search for a Telephone Sales Supervisor. PO Box 7156, Canberra Mail Centre.
* RITA SEMPLE, Office Manager at Opus Western Australia, wishes to speak with candidates for the Communications Manager vacancy at the Albany office of the road management company.
* SALLYANN SMALLIE, State Manager - Queensland, Media Monitors, is hiring an Account Manager.
* ROSE YUCEL at Media Monitors, Canberra, is employing a News Summaries Writer. rose,
* SHELLEY LIDDELOW has details of the Communications and Marketing Co-Ordinator contract (12 month) position at the Office of Energy, WA, paying up to $60,747. (08) 9420 5600.
* BONITA MASON will answer queries about the Media Manager (up to $77,195) and Media Adviser (up to $60,726) positions being offered by the National Native Title Tribunal. the positions may be located in Perth, Sydney or Brisbane.
* FIONA BATTY of tmp.worldwide is promoting the position of National Communication Manager for a 'Australia's largest professional organisation'. Ref: S19/57257.
* HELEN HILL is taking applications for a range of senior law firm positions at Allens Arthur Robinson: Publications Manager, Desktop Publishers, Sub-Editor and Tenders Writer.
* PAUL MATKARIS, Victorian Advertising Manager for The Australian Financial Review, seeks an Advertising Sales Co-Ordinator (Melbourne).
* CANDY BROWN is finding applicants for a Corporate Communications Officer (up to $54,912) at the Vice Chancellor's Office at the University of South Australia.
* GREG RIGNALL, at Magnus Advertising & Marketing, North Sydney, is looking for an Advertising Sales Executive in Adelaide for its Magnus Shopping Dockets used by Target and Big W.
* SUE CHAPMAN, Sales Manager at 3AW, is advertising in The Age for a Radio Copywriter. 'Must have the ability to handle pressure'.
* SYLVIA BRADSHAW'S Leader Community Newspapers also advertises in The Age for a Journalist - Sub-Editor.
* JOHN CARSON, Editor at Stock & Land, calls for Journalists to apply for a Section Editor's position at the Victorian rural paper.
* RADIO NEW ZEALAND is advertising in Australian newspapers for a Chief Reporter and experienced Journalists.
* VICKI RAMSDEN and SCOTT MEWING at Michael Page Sales & Marketing, Sydney, are offering a package up to $150,000 for a Marketing and Promotion Manager with a company that has a portfolio of corporate outlets throughout Australia and New Zealand.
* NICHOLAS TUCKFIELD and GAVIN KEEBLE of Margot Davis and Company will answer queries about a $105,000-package position as Marketing Communications Manager, managing a large team of people with a print, direct marketing and retail communications force.
* TREVOR THOMSON wants a Sales Manager for a Hunter Valley lifestyle magazine.
* THE NORTH-WEST STAR, Mt Isa (Qld), is hiring a Photographer. Apply to The Editor.
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* SUZANNE YANKO: 'Suzanne (Katharine) Yanko is returning home to Melbourne after a couple of years in Hong Kong. Currently full-time producer/ presenter at Radio 4, Radio Television Hong Kong. Everything from self-op studio live shows to hosting Yo Yo Ma and James Galway concerts. Great voice, very experienced interviewer with own gear. Other: reviewer for HMV VOICE, South China Morning Post, previously busy freelancer for Melbourne Herald-Sun, general features, arts/entertainment, education, health. Seeking radio and print work, anything (reasonably legal) considered. Contact: or phone/fax (03) 9807 3997 from 3 June.
* LISA: I am a 21 year old media graduate from La Trobe University searching for work in the industry. I have years of experience in on screen extra work on television programs and tvc's and also behind the scenes on feature films as production assistant, runner, wardrobe, unit manager and 3rd AD. I have also written several published feature articles for a local newspaper and for multimedia. My degree covered all aspects of production, in which I gained experience in such roles as scriptwriter, director, editor, camera operator and many more. If you can help me further my career, I'm sure I'll be able to help you out. I will definitely consider moving if given the opportunity. Contact Lisa, Melbourne 03 9737 0245 or 0402 543 555 or
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