Media Wrap: Selfie journalism, Kerry Stokes, Murdoch succession

15 June 2015

Producers support
Screen Producers Australia has thrown its support behind moves to reduce the licence fee for FTA TV broadcasters - so long as the savings are reinvested back into local content production – not driving up sports rights, the AFR writes.

Nine plans local shift:
Nine Entertainment Co. is planning to plough more money into developing local content as opposed to global deals, reports the AFR. Andrew Backwell, Nine's programming director told the AFR that it was shunning US dramas in favour of a more local flavour.

Triad tries on Australia
US retail media agency Triad is launching an Australian shop, with eBay as its founding client, according to the AFR. The agency offers digital media sales and content marketing services. Adm already works with a number of large retail clients in the UK, Netherlands and

Sky News' selfie journalism
Sky news has introduced a selfie-stick equivalent for its journalists in the hope that the hand-held recording device will help its one-person teams will be able to get closer to the action and report faster. Journalists can use the SmartGrip to connect their phone with an extremal microphone and transmit video to the Sky newsroom, The Australian reports.

Murdoch succession
The Australian reports that Lachlan Murdoch could likely be named co-executive chairman of News Corp later this year as part of the publisher’s succession plan.

Stokes' warning
Kerry Stokes has told The Australian that traditional media outlets should see opportunities not threats from emerging media. “I'm not saying that we don't have challenges, but I very strongly believe that the challenges are opportunities fort television,” he said.

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