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By 54-11 - 19 June 2012 68

I have in front of me a renewal for my home-delivered Canberra Times, which I will hold onto for now without renewing.

Delivery problems? No. Cost too high? No. Dissatisfied with content? No.

I just don’t want to read the regurgitations of Ms Rinehart, mining magnate from Western Australia.

I will leave the subscription renewal in abeyance until such time as I am satisfied that she will not interfere in Fairfax editorial independence. 

That, of course, leaves me with a problem.  I refuse to spend any money on News Corp publications, so the choices of newpapers to read with my Weetbix are limited.

What’s Your opinion?


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CT will lose another subscriber
poetix 3:41 pm 19 Jun 12

dungfungus said :

I must have missed Mrs Rineharts “regurgitations” to date so would you mind quoting a couple for me?
….

http://theworstofperth.com/2012/02/13/la-gina/

Just in case you missed it. Poetry on the rocks.

johnboy 3:37 pm 19 Jun 12

Editor-in-Chief Bolt soon enough one suspects.

But if that’s how she wants to spend her money so be it.

Readers, in turn, are free to make their own decisions about their media consumption.

Jim Jones 3:33 pm 19 Jun 12

dungfungus said :

I must have missed Mrs Rineharts “regurgitations” to date so would you mind quoting a couple for me?
I have no idea why so many on this blog criticize this woman who is actually saving Fairfax Media from total destruction. I dont’t recall her ever saying that she was going to change the editorial opinion in the Faifax newspapers either (and she talks to the media very little)
From what I see, the craven opposition to her on this blog is all about her wealth.
Re your decision not to renew your CT subscription because you want to see their style preserved, did it ever occur to you that the reason their circulation is falling is because of the fact that they refuse to change?

Are you talking about the Gina Rineheart who became a shareholder in Channel Ten in order to secure a spot on the network for Andrew Bolt, so that he could continue his campaign against the ‘global warming conspiracy’?

johnboy 3:28 pm 19 Jun 12

This article demonstrates the problem nicely:

One director, in particular, became quite agitated about what I was saying. “I don’t ever want anyone coming into this boardroom again,” he told his colleagues as he held up a copy of one of Fairfax’s hefty Saturday papers, “and telling us that people will buy houses or cars, or look for jobs, without this”. He then dropped the lump of newsprint onto the boardroom table with a thud.

Chop71 3:21 pm 19 Jun 12

TPS?

harvyk1 3:16 pm 19 Jun 12

dungfungus said :

I dont’t recall her ever saying that she was going to change the editorial opinion in the Faifax newspapers either (and she talks to the media very little)

She wants a board position (which she is now entitled to hold) but she is also refusing to sign an agreement which states she won’t interfere with editorial decisions (a prereq for board positions). One could argue that her stake is in fact to control editorial content.

As a potential strategy she is using – the way traditional media shares are currently going, before too long they will be in a position where they can not live without her, if she takes her money and walks they die, as such will prob allow her onto the board without signing the non-interference agreement, all it will take is time. I also suspect that she will stop a pay-wall from going up or she will at least tear it down. No good wanting to tell the world your thoughts, but restricting who can here them. (I somewhat suspect that the “Gina’s corner” section outside a pay-wall wouldn’t do so well for her)

davo101 3:03 pm 19 Jun 12

dungfungus said :

I have no idea why so many on this blog criticize this woman who is actually saving Fairfax Media from total destruction.

If this is what saving looks like then I think I prefer letting the SMH and Age die a dignified death.

dungfungus said :

I dont’t recall her ever saying that she was going to change the editorial opinion in the Faifax newspapers either

OK then, so see wants three seats on the board and the power to hire and fire editors because…???

OverLord 3:00 pm 19 Jun 12

Holden Caulfield said :

dungfungus said :

I must have missed Mrs Rineharts “regurgitations” to date so would you mind quoting a couple for me?
I have no idea why so many on this blog criticize this woman who is actually saving Fairfax Media from total destruction. I dont’t recall her ever saying that she was going to change the editorial opinion in the Faifax newspapers either (and she talks to the media very little)
From what I see, the craven opposition to her on this blog is all about her wealth.
Re your decision not to renew your CT subscription because you want to see their style preserved, did it ever occur to you that the reason their circulation is falling is because of the fact that they refuse to change?

Well, she does want three of her stooges sitting on the board.

It’s like something out of Futurama.

Holden Caulfield 2:40 pm 19 Jun 12

dungfungus said :

I must have missed Mrs Rineharts “regurgitations” to date so would you mind quoting a couple for me?
I have no idea why so many on this blog criticize this woman who is actually saving Fairfax Media from total destruction. I dont’t recall her ever saying that she was going to change the editorial opinion in the Faifax newspapers either (and she talks to the media very little)
From what I see, the craven opposition to her on this blog is all about her wealth.
Re your decision not to renew your CT subscription because you want to see their style preserved, did it ever occur to you that the reason their circulation is falling is because of the fact that they refuse to change?

Well, she does want three of her stooges sitting on the board.

dungfungus 2:28 pm 19 Jun 12

I must have missed Mrs Rineharts “regurgitations” to date so would you mind quoting a couple for me?
I have no idea why so many on this blog criticize this woman who is actually saving Fairfax Media from total destruction. I dont’t recall her ever saying that she was going to change the editorial opinion in the Faifax newspapers either (and she talks to the media very little)
From what I see, the craven opposition to her on this blog is all about her wealth.
Re your decision not to renew your CT subscription because you want to see their style preserved, did it ever occur to you that the reason their circulation is falling is because of the fact that they refuse to change?

Chop71 2:21 pm 19 Jun 12

I don’t think you will need detox or a wellness centre to give up the newspaper….. there are plenty of alternatives.

tommy 2:19 pm 19 Jun 12

We found that while we cancelled the CT, it keeps coming (even years later). I’m guessing they need the subscriber count or something.

HenryBG 2:16 pm 19 Jun 12

Try The Guardian online – you get just enough free articles to get you through a bowl of muesli and a cup of tea.

Then there’s Crikey, who want about $13/month for what are some very good articles.

I’d recommend choosing a range of sources, though – if all you read are the US/British media, you get a very slanted view of the world.
Al-Jazeera, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine would be some good choices.

rosscoact 2:15 pm 19 Jun 12

Just a tip. They will keep delivering and require you to pay for what you have received, even if you don’t pay that invoice.

Then if you don’t pay they will forward to a collection agency and threaten to put the details of the default on the credit rating site.

Unfair but insufficient money involved to make it worthwhile calling out the dogs.

Bottom line, ring and cancel.

johnboy 1:45 pm 19 Jun 12

Personally I’d advise signing up to support a plethora of independent news sites!

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