Roundup: Grant calls out Aussie media, Lisa Wilkinson no show, Nine Radio discloses details

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Stan Grant says Australia’s media needs a ‘reckoning’, in first interview since leaving the ABC


Acclaimed journalist Stan Grant says there “needs to be a reckoning” in the media over its coverage of complex issues like the Voice to Parliament referendum, in his first interview since leaving the ABC earlier this year, reports ABC’s Thomas Morgan and Isabella Tolhurts.

See Also: Stan Grant announces next move after leaving journalism and the ABC

Grant, who previously hosted Q+A, resigned from the broadcaster in August after being subjected to intense abuse on social media.

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Lisa Wilkinson a no show for female business leaders ahead of Bruce Lehrmann defamation trial


Lisa Wilkinson has pulled out of a highly anticipated public appearance leaving a regional women’s association to find a replacement, reports The Australian’s Jenna Clarke.

The former face of The Project has been laying low since she quit the program last year citing “targeted toxicity” from the media.

See Also: Lisa Wilkinson to step down from The Project, effective immediately

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Nine radio discloses DJ deals


Nine Entertainment’s radio ­station 3AW has handed over vital information to the media regulator amid the fallout over its four stations failing to keep commercial disclosure records up to date, reports The Australian’s Sophie Elsworth.

See Also: Neil Mitchell announces decision to quit 3AW live on morning show, reveals new role

Nine Radio, headed up by managing director Tom Malone, has confirmed it recently made relevant submissions to the media regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, over its failure to publish online relevant paid deals.

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BBC denies report decision has been made to axe Top Gear


The BBC has denied Top Gear has reached the end of the road amid reports the show had been axed, reports The Guardian’s Sammy Gecsoyler.

The Sun reported on Friday that the broadcaster had told production staff on the long-running show to look for other work after the presenter and former cricketer Andrew Flintoff was injured during filming last December.

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How one of these Australian-made games could be the next global smash


It doesn’t look like much, but in a side room at the State Library of Victoria the biggest thing to hit the gaming scene in Australia in years, possibly ever, is underway, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Karl Quinn.

The inaugural Play Now event has brought together a dozen international publishers and three times as many local developers from all over Australia for a speed dating-style forum. In 20-minute blocks, developers pitch their ideas, demonstrate their work-in-progress, and hope and pray there’s enough there to entice one of these big players to stump up the cash to take their concept to the next level, and to the enormously lucrative global gaming market.

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Social Media

Elon Musk’s removal of headlines on X is going as you would expect


The site formerly known as Twitter continues its merry dance towards the cliff’s edge under the stewardship of thriving one-man cringe industry Elon Musk, reports Crikey’s Charlie Lewis.

The site has now removed the automatic inclusion of headlines in posts that link to third-party news stories, leaving a preview of the article’s main image and the web domains but “depriving readers of key context from the publishers about their articles”, as The Washington Post puts it.

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Parliamentary inquiry into the Commonwealth Games begins

Premier Jacinta Allan will snub a parliamentary inquiry into the abandoned Commonwealth Games, dodging questions about whether she and the government misled the public on the fiasco, reports News Corp’s Mitch Clarke and Peter Rolfe.

The Herald Sun can reveal a request may be made as early as Monday for Ms Allan to front the inquiry, which begins on Monday morning, but she cannot be forced to address the hearings as she is not in the upper house.

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