Nine Political Editor Laurie Oakes Announces Retirement

Channel Nine political editor Laurie Oakes has announced his retirement, ending a 50-year career in journalism. The 73-year-old made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, claiming he was slowing down and “It’s time.” “I don’t think there’s anything special about Laurie Oakes,” he told 774 ABC Radio Melbourne. “I’m a bit of a fixture, I’ve been…

MEAA call for government assistance to preserve public interest journalism

The Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance are calling for the Government to step in and preserve public interest journalism. Distribution and production of media has shifted with the prevalence of social media. Despite becoming a useful distribution tool, major media outlets are losing revenue. “Social media has take a lot of our content. It has…

Fairfax Shares Rise During Bidding War

Fairfax’ shares have risen by 6.9 per-cent, taking them to a six-year high, after receiving competing bids for the company. The competing bids come from Australian telecommunications company TPG and US private equity company Hellman & Friedman. Hellman & Friedman are an established media investment company located in both New York City and San Francisco.…

Staff Strike over Fairfax Job Cuts

Staff at Fairfax Media will not be covering the Federal Budget after voting to go on strike next week, following an announcement of job cuts across the company’s Australian Newspapers. Journalists and editorial staff from WA Today, The Sydney Morning, The Age and Brisbane Times will be affected by the cutting of 125 jobs, which…

Network Ten Shares Hit New Low

Network Ten company’s shares continue to hit a succession of new all-time lows in the past week, this has led to fears that the company may collapse. Next Thursday the network will release half-yearly results, which could very-well determine their future. Investors are predicting Ten is going to announce a loss. Dr Kayt Davies, Senior…

Protesters protest outside TVB’s HQ

TVB celebrated its 46th Anniversary yesterday. Unfortunately, the recent TV licensing saga has rather overshadowed the anniversary. As we reported yesterday, a group of internet users have called for a ‘wander’ near the TVB headquarters in the evening, showing their discontent towards TVB’s ever-decreasing show quality. It turned out to be more than just ‘wandering’.…

No licence for Ricky Wong’s HKTV

After 4 years of both public consulting and internal discussion and approval within the government, the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEDB) released the results for the licensing for new TV channels. Unlike what the Hong Kong Government has previously promised before the whole public consulting began, it only issued 2 licenses to 2 companies,…

ABC joins early evening news battle

After Channel 7 and Channel 9 successfully launched their WA edition of News at 4:30, ABC TV has launched their national News at 5:30. WAMN News understands that ABC News at 7 anchor James McHale will present the half hour bulletin weekdays. The aim of the program is to report the latest headlines in Perth,…

Craig Smart looks forward to his new role

Former Network Ten’s Perth news anchor Craig Smart turns to part-time teaching at Murdoch University’s Journalism School. During a video interview, Mr Smart told WAMN News’ Editor-In-Chief Ivan Leung that he is looking forward to return to his own roots as a teacher. “… All that stuff that I learnt and I knew intuatively as…