Media wrap: Top ad execs in line for top SCA job; NSW government to pull ads from Fairfax?

Sarah Homewood
By Sarah Homewood | 25 May 2015

Top ad execs in line for top SCA job

The television industry's top advertising sales people Peter Wiltshire, Kurt Burnette and Anthony Fitzgerald have all been approached about the vacant CEO position at radio business Southern Cross Media, The Australian Financial Review is reporting. The AFR also claims that former Ten Network CEOs Grant Blackley and James Warburton have also been sounded out to take the top job at the regional television and national radio business.

NSW government to pull ads from Fairfax?

The NSW government is looking at pulling its ads from The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian is reporting. The NSW Liberal party spends approximately two million dollars a year on recruitment ads, and it is understood that senior Liberals have discussed with NSW Finance Minister, Dominic Perrottet, about removing the ad spend from the SMH.

Reach rule is killing regional newsrooms

Regional television broadcasters have renewed their calls for the Abbott government to scrap the reach rule that prevents them from merging with metropolitan networks after WIN Corp closed two of its 19 local newsrooms, The AFR reports. WIN Network CEO Andrew Lancaster also cited "a lack of regulatory reform" among the factors behind the decision.

News Corp to put print first

News Corp Australia has told its editors to renew their focus on its print products, The Australian is reporting. News Corp's group editorial director, Campbell Reid, attacked Facebook and Google for irresponsible behaviour, arguing newspapers had a more important role than ever as a trusted voice in local communities, at a gathering of News Corp executives.

Sampson also backs print; says publisher bickering has to stop

News Corp isn't the only publisher to focus on print, with Fairfax Media's director and Leo Burnett boss, Todd Sampson telling The Australian that printed newspapers remain hugely important in the media market and claims Fairfax and arch rival News Corp spend too much time attacking each other at the expense of their readers.

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