Dynasty: Lachlan Murdoch is taking over the media empire his father built.
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Will the son choose to build bridges with Trump that his father burned?
This is a decision that was always going to come in one of two forms: either Rupert dropping off the perch or him leaving on this own terms. He has opted for the latter.
In such a highly concentrated media market as Australia, the partisanship of big news brands has become the norm.
Winners of the 2022 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards: Nicolas Rothwell, Mark Willacy, Sherryl Clark, Andy Jackson, Christine Helliwell and Leanne Hall.
The winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. The awards are contentious – but are fought over precisely because of their symbolic and enduring cultural function
News Corporation’s media outlets have always been about gathering and exercising power. The Victorian premier’s ability to survive News Corp’s hostile coverage shows its power could be waning.
Lachlan Murdoch, far left, with his father Rupert and brother James in 2014.
Australia’s defamation laws have been inadequate for years - as this case starkly shows.
Scott Morrison campaigning in Darwin, 17 May 2022.
What began as two journalists’ attempt to secure Scott Morrison’s reputation seems likely to tarnish his legacy forever. It’s an eye-watering own goal – and problematic journalism, in various ways.
Key moments on Sky News in the week following the election result.
News Corp has its path on relentless right-wing championing, and it’s unlikely to change its ways now.
Now that Labor has won and the Liberal Party has been severely wounded, its enemies will be baying for blood, so a first order of business will be to make Australian voters glad they elected them.
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What does a democracy do when a dominant news media organisation goes rogue during an election campaign? In 2022, News Corporation is confronting Australia with this question once again, as it did in 2019…
The Murdoch outlets said they would pursue ‘positive stories’ on climate change. An analysis of stories during the recent floods, however, shows this wasn’t necessarily the case.
Our study found high levels of trust in media reports – but that trust can be eroded by fact-checking. Journalists need to rethink the way they report political stories.
The Murdoch tabloids have just embarked on a bold new climate campaign, despite previously describing those who want action as ‘loons’.
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The media empire now seems to be wrestling with internal division over masks, vaccines and lockdowns – while being careful not to damage the Coalition ahead of the next election.
Cardinal George Pell preparing to make a statement at the Vatican in 2017.
There is a clear legal reason why publications including The Age and news.com.au have copped hefty penalties.
In a pandemic or any other emergency, the first ethical duty of the media is to report accurately and soberly, and specifically not to induce unjustified anxiety or panic.
The timing of Google’s deals raises questions, coming just as the News Media Bargaining Code is set to be introduced into federal parliament.
There is a renewed discussion about the role of News Corp in Australia. But so far, this is ignoring how the Murdoch press is particularly hostile towards female politicians.
Murdoch has become very adept at changing colours to suit changing political landscapes – and the US election is yet another example of that.
There have been regular calls and inquiries into media ownership in Australia. But despite the howls of outrage, there has bene little political appetite to do anything about it.