Kiwi stunt promotes breaking news on the web

From the breaking news battleground in New Zealand… One of the country’s leading news websites,, drew a crowd in downtown Auckland last Thursday, causing pedestrians to look up, grab their mobile phone cameras and start clicking. The publicity stunt (click the video above to watch) touts the site’s commitment to being first with breaking […]

An insider’s look at the decline of Dow Jones

How did the once-mighty Dow Jones, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, end up in Rupert Murdoch’s takeover plans? Here’s part of the story, from former Journal reporter Dean Starkman: …soon after I arrived in 1996, [Publisher Peter] Kann’s board announced a $650 million plan to fix Telerate, internally called “Rolling Thunder,” which inevitably became […]

Examining the Murdoch record

Rupert Murdoch’s record as proprietor of newspapers in Britain and the US may undermine his assurances of editorial continuity for his latest takeover target, the Wall Street Journal. David Carr, writing at, assesses the media mogul’s actions, as well as his words, and looks to his possible intentions for the Journal: There is business […]

CanWest may increase Australasian stake

After several months of expert predictions that CanWest was preparing to give up its investments in Australasian media, a report from CanWest’s home country today suggests just the opposite. The Globe & Mail says CanWest, with its new and “deep-pocketed” equity partner Goldman Sachs, is keen to increase its stake in Australia’s Channel 10 network. CanWest […]

Back to blogging

Belated Happy New Year greetings. Hope you had a good holiday. It’s great to be back home after six weeks travelling across Australia. Our goal was to drive from Perth to Brisbane while avoiding any city over 50,000 population – and it proved a good plan. Highlights were the southern West Australia wine country and forests, crossing the […]