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Media Flash - Monday, July 24, 2000

Media Flash

and Australian Media Job Directory

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Monday, July 24, 2000

Expressed Monday Mornings to more than 6200 Media Decision Makers.

Confidential Weekly E-Newspaper.

Published by Ash Long.

Phone/Fax: 1-800 231 311. E-Mail:

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Inside 'Media Flash' This Week

* $50,000 PIRACY SETTLEMENT: Next Media Nabbed

* PUBLIC RELATIONS - INDONESIAN-STYLE: Media Flash's Correspondent Tells

* TOP DROP'S COP SHOP: PR Firm To Build 'Police Station'

* PERSONALISED TRIVIA: Which company manufactures a Trivia Night kit?


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* MEDIA FLASH will not be published on Monday, July 31. Your next edition is due to arrive on Monday, August 7.

$50,000 To Settle Software Piracy Case

* JIM MACNAMARA, Business Software Association of Australia, says Next Media have agreed to pay $50,000 'in a settlement for authorised copying and use of computer software'. Next Media publish Rolling Stone, Soap World, PC Powerplay, Play Time and The Australian Net Directory. '40 PC's ... it can hardly described as accidental,' Macnamara told Media Flash on Friday. ASHLEY RAMBUKWELLA of the BSAA claims at least 40 copies of Abode Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Office were illegally installed at the Redfern (NSW) offices of Next Publishing Pty Ltd, Next Gaming Pty Ltd, Tilmond Pty Ltd, Next Online Pty Ltd and Prospero Publishing Pty Ltd. The BSAA has also settled legal proceedings with two mult-media businesses: Speedwell Media and Liquid Vision New Media Pty Ltd.

How PR Is 'Done' In Indonesia ...

* JAMES CARDEN writes: 'Selamat pagi, Pak Ash. I would appreciate it if your widely-read mailing list reflected my change of location. I couldn't handle the pressure of academia in a sleepy country town any longer, so I've gone scurrying back to the dirty world of PR consultancy - specifically, I'm Managing Director of Ellipse PR, Indonesia's largest fully integrated PR, Internet and advertising company based in Jakarta. There's a handful of Oz-expats in PR here. At Ellipse, I work with about 60 local pros who are doing some sensational digital stuff within a notorious communications infrastructure held together by banana leaves. But it's amazing what non-existent labor laws, 24-hour work days, criminally low salaries and old-fashioned integrity and entrepreneurial spirit can produce."

* CARDEN continues: 'The 'net boom went bush with the Rupiah a couple of years ago, but you can almost smell the Semtex ready to explode again. However, thanks to a mix of please-explain xenophobia, recent political and military acts of diplomacy, and a general lack of interest in anything beyond Far North Queensland, Australia's presence (and reputation) is somewhere just below Tuvalu in this neighborhood. I am here ostensibly to run some training courses in writing and strategic planning, and have the blessing of Deakin University by way of 12 months leave. But in the meantime, I have been lucky enough to get up close to some of 'ways of business' in these parts: specifically, the way PR works. PRIA-approved, it ain't. My former colleagues may well believe I left my ethics at Tullamarine Airport, or at least that they were sent to the wrong destination and may catch up with me soon.'

'Paying The Standard Fee'

* JAMES CARDEN writes from Jakarta: 'Typical PR projects here include product launches for clove cigarette companies with cartons of freebies for journos; beer companies who like to use advertising spend as leverage for media companies; morally bankrupt credit card companies who distribute to journalists free credit cards with US dollars inside; literally bankrupt banks who simply provide the old brown envelope to journalists. The local TV station will cover your event if you pay the standard fee of a couple of hundred US dollars. Journalists generally expect something, if only payment of their taxi fares and a good lunch. Indeed, no media launch takes less than three hours, and lunch is the most important element (well, perhaps second to the free credit card).

* JIM continues: 'I gave a paper at a conference last week on Journalism Ethics (sic). Hundreds of journos were flown to Jakarta for the event - which was part-sponsored by the government who thinks freedom of the press is going a bit a bit far - and the journos were accomodated in hotels and paid an allowance to attend. Of the 350 who RSVP'd and came to Jakarta, less than 100 actually bothered to attend the morning session, although not surprisingly the dining room was full at lunch time. The AJA and PRIA wouldn't know where to begin! What a country.'

PR Firm Builds Police Station

* RON SMITH and SHIRLEY BAYNES-SMITH, proprietors of Corporate Media Communications, are sponsoring the building of a Victoria's smallest police station, in the form of a cubby house at a winning primary school, as part of the Blue Ribbon Campaign on Police Remembrance Day on September 29. Schools enter by submitting names of students undertaking projects depicting police work in the community. Blue Ribbon Foundation CEO NEIL SOULLIER says Chief Commissioner NEIL COMRIE will award an Achievemnt Certificate to the winning student, who will also receive a Packard Bell computer.

Tick, tick, tick ...

* RICHARD CARLETON, 60 Minutes interviewer, 'is fighting for his professional life', reports AMANDA MEADE, Media Writer for The Australian. Amanda told weekend readers that Carleton distributed a four-page memo on Friday about the ABC-TV's Media Watch program's claims that 60 Minutes had plagiarised a BBC-TV report about the Srebrenica massacre. Carleton and program producer JOHN WESTACOTT have reportedly demanded a full apology from PAUL BARRY in tonight's Media Watch (9.15pm) otherwise Channel 9 will 'commence immediate defamation proceedings'.

E-Mail Strife Hits Filmnet

* GAWAIN McLACHLAN'S Filmnet daily E-newspaper subscribers' list was infiltrated by a spammer called 'STYX' this week: 'At 3.21am this morning (sic) someone e-mailed the group with the reply of (not me!),' McLachlan told Filmnetters. 'The moderator E-mail address has now been changed. Note that no-one at any stage had access to control of the group, access to subscriber lists, etc. which require password access. Apologies for any inconvenience. Note that Filmnet does not give out subscriber e-mail addresses to advertisers or anyone, despite numerous requests.'

David Lange Libel Case: Herald Applauds

* DAVID LANGE, former New Zealand Prime Minister, had his defamation case tripped by the Court of Appeal's allowance of the media's defence of 'qualified privilege': 'The decision means that writers and publishers of honest political comment will enjoy a degree of immunity to claims for damages from Parliamentarians,' argues a New Zealand Herald editorial. 'The Court of Appeal has done democracy a powerful service by enabling greater debate on those who wield ultimate power.'

Trivia Pursuit

* JACKY BARKER of Personalised Trivia is selling a Trivia Night Kit, at $55 each, designed for fund-raisers, with the options of questions being especially written for your organisation's specific needs. A checklist on GST, liquor licence and lottery requirements is included, as well as revenue raising tips, plus a list of suppliers willing to provide prizes.

Asia-Pacific Report

* VIVIEN PIK-KWAN CHAN of The South China Morning Post reports that the 200,000-circulation overseas edition of The People's Daily, mouthpiece of the Communist Party, is to be scrapped in favor of an Internet edition: 'Although censorship will continue, editors believe the Internet forum will allow a greater degree of free thinking and dynamic discussion than is found in 'letters to the editor' columns in other state publications'.

Sydney Desk

* ALEX CLULOW'S South Sydney Bulletin might be looking forward to happier times again. CR JOHN FOWLER and CR JOHN BUSH have been inducted as Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively after a tough stoush, where the paper backed Labor and the Independents at a civic election. Publisher Clulow lost lucrative Council full-page ads when he announced his candidature for the Council. He is now advertising again for Ad Reps and Telemarketers.

Queensland Quips

* PETER LEWIS of The Proserpine Guardian is featured in PETER COLEMAN'S July GX Report. Lewis remembers Prime Minister MALCOLM FRASER'S 40 per cent investment allowance: 'It was a quantum leap for us'. The paper's King web press produces the 40-page 3500 circulation paper, plus the neighboring Bowen Independent which has its outside eight color pages done elsewhere. The plant also prints The Coalfields Independent.

Melbourne Desk

* JOHN MONKS, former Melbourne Herald Canberra bureau chief: was that you that we spotted in the News Limited Corporate Suite at Colonial Stadium this month? Monks was biographer of DAME ELISABETH MURDOCH, and Editor-in-Chief of Leader Newspapers (Vic.) in the 1980's. He was also Victorian Editor of The Australian.

This Week In Byron Bay

* Grieving parent alleges fire safety neglected; Ruddock refuses to ban sect leader, NorthPower avoids questions on Directlink cable; Former Council GM to defend corruption charges; Byron Bay Writers Festival previewed; MUNGO MacCALLUM considers the dead pig JOHN DELLA BOSCA has thrown in the ring - all in this week's ECHO, Byron Shire's independent locally-owned weekly with attitude. THE ECHO hits the streets of Byron Bay and the web at on Tuesdays. National advertisers are welcome to communicate with Australia's most sophisticated rural market. E-mail: or ring (02) 6684 1777. (Advt.)

Your ABC

* SALLY NEIGHBOUR and CHRIS CLARK were dumped on Friday as ABC-TV's Lateline hosts. TONY JONES keeps the gig, shortened from 45 minutes to half-an-hour. New National News Editor JOHN CAMERON has axed satellite interviews.

* JONATHAN SHIER, ABC MD, wants you to write to him personally at GPO Box 9994, Sydney, by August 4, if you want to be ABC State Director (South Australia).

* RONCIE PARKER, at ABC Adelaide, is taking applications for a Rural Reporter (Trainee). KERRY O'BRIEN need not apply.

* RICHARD CAMPBELL, at ABC Sydney, is collecting CVs from those wishing to be a TV science Producer for Quantum.

Air Waves

* ADRIAN TAME of Melbourne's Sunday Herald Sun does a weekly 'phoner' with GREG EVANS on 3AK to promote the weekend paper. Only punter to call blasted Tame for the removal of most of the Sabbath Hun's comic strips.

* BEATRIZ WAGNER, Portugese presenter of Sydney's SBS-Radio, appears in a full-page pictorial feature in the Drummoyne, Five Dock & District News edited by RUSSELL BROCK. We're not sure why! Also appearing are Punjabi program presenter HARJEET RANDHAWA and NATASHA TALMACS of the Croatian program.

Community Broadcasting

* BRETT RAMSEY, Producer of Melbourne Channel 31's In Pit Lane, has re-signed accessories retailer Revolution Racegear MD DALE RODGERS, to sponsor the series. The series started at Optus Local Vision - then managed by MARK McAULIFFE. The program, now five years old, moved to Channel 31 as part of the RMIT-TV stable of shows.

* DAVID LENTIN, community radio warrior at 3SER-FM, had his career at 3AW, 3AK, 3DB and 3UZ traced by the Berwick News (Vic.) journalist WENDY DEE. The former Victoria Policeman and private investigator first worked with MURIEL COOPER on Melbourne afternoon radio. He was called to look after the Narre Warren community radio station for three months ... and is still there three years later.

* STREET FM has put together its application for a full-time Melbourne FM radio station licence, with insiders saying the document closely matches the Australian Broadcasting Authority charter. Preparations are being made for their third test broadcast on 89.9FM. Other aspirants include 777 FM, Kiss 90, KIX-FM, HITZ-FM and CITY FM.

TV Guide

* TIM CLUCOS, formerly of the Nine Network, has been appointed head of the new Infotainment/Reality unit at Network 10, following JOHN McALPINE'S announcement of a $30 million boost to local product. 'Ratings show Australians want more local product, so that's the way we're going to go,' Mac told ROBERT FIDGEON of the Herald Sun.

* ANDREW RULE, Age journalist, has had his JENNIFER TANNER SBS-TV documentary, nominated for two Australian Film Institute awards - Best Documentary and Best Director.

So, This Is Showbiz

* DR KERRYN PHELPS, Chair of Satellite Media, was Guest Speaker this month at the National Press Club.

* SONIA KRUGER of the Seven Network features in the August In Style 'Down-The-Aisle' file. Sonia starred as a champion ballroom dancer TINA SPARKLE in Strictly Ballroom. Magazine publicist MARIA FARMER says 'TONI COLLETTE talks about the joys of having short hair'.

Australian Media Job Directory

* SEE our Employment Section at the bottom of the page..

Big Names Dept.

* JOHN ELLIOTT, Carlton Football Club President, and Colonial Stadium boss IAN COLLINS will feature at the Melbourne Press Club 'Big Blue At The Stadium' luncheon on Thursday, August 3. Book by Friday (July 28). Venue is the Medallion Club at the Stadium, $60 for non-members.

* JEFFREY ARCHER is promoting his To Cut A Long Story Short latest with literary luncheons organised in Sydney by The Daily Telegraph, and in Melbourne by The Age. An additional Dymocks literary event is being held at Melbourne's Manchester Lane Jazz Bar on August 15 with PAUL BARRY promoting his Going For Broke book.

* LOUISE DODSON has been appointed Chief Political Correspondent for The Age, reporting to National Editor MICHAEL GORDON.

Smaller Names Dept.

* PETER HELFT, Advertising Director at The Age, has appointed SARA MARTIN as Administration Assistant.

* ILIKINI NAITINI is highlighted in Fiji's Immunity Decree, featured at ... he is otherwise known as GEORGE SPEIGHT. Does anyone have a contact number for George, JOHN PASQUARELLI wants to do an interview. The big bald bloke can be contacted at

Movers And Shakers

* TOO LATE TO CONFIRM: We hear that BILL STILO, MD of The Argus & Australasian print works in Melbourne, is moving on. DANNY TRAINOR is said to take on most of Bill's responsibilities.

* DOMENIC SGAMBELLONE and MATTHEW MAASDIJK have been appointed Real Estate Account Manager in JOHN GILLESPIE'S department at The Age. Phonetic spelling of ads is a speciality.

* JOHN MANSFIELD, one-time Leader Newspapers (Vic.) and News Limited Suburban Newspapers Account Executive, is moving - with his career - to Sydney.

Odds and Ends

* MAL WALDEN, Melbourne's Channel 10 newsreader, had his portrait smashed by a tomahawk-wielding nutter, who trespassed into the Como headquarters of the station. About $50,000 damage was reported ... although BERT NEWTON'S coiffure was reportedly undamaged.

* JOANNE CRAWFORD, Editor of The Maitland Mercury (NSW), is another to be amongst the brigade of signed leader (editorial column) writers.

Overseas Desk

* CAROLINE HART at London Weekend Television is searching for TV tapes from around the world for 'some of the best and most innovative and extreme television productions' from more than 100 countries. Tarrant On TV, hosted by CHRIS TARRANT, is in its 15th year, and wants to license footage from popular shows, whacky quiz program, bizarre comedies, yada, yada, yada. They will pay for shipping of VHS tapes through their Federal Express Courier Account Number. Contact

The Local Report

* TREVOR LEWIS, Editor-in-Chief of Fairfax Community Newspapers (Vic.), is overseeing the revamp of The Flier fortnightly newspaper, based on Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula. Circulation has firmed upwards to 45,000, currently being printed at Harris Print (Burnie, Tas.). Media Flash hears printing may go elsewhere: perhaps to PETER ANTHONY at Rural Press (Ballarat, Vic.) or BOB MUSCAT'S Argus plant at Hawthorn.

Personal Bests

* ISSI DYE was last seen performing the AL JOLSON story at Rye RSL (Vic).

Absent Friends

* RAY GABELICH, one-time Collingwood legendary footballer, died this week, with a service following on Friday at St Domenic's, Camberwell. We remember Ray delivering MAXWELL NEWTON'S Sunday Observer newspaper about 1975 in the Gabelich potato chip delivery truck.

Members' Mailbag

* SUZANNE GIBSON (at SENATOR McLUCAS' Parliament House office) and fellow Canberra-ite NICOLA HUNGERFORD join the Media Flash brigade. At Victorian Parliament House, BARB WALKER is now wired to the Monday Flash. Also on the list are JOHN SCHAUBLE at The Age; CHRISTINE KEARNEY at The Village Voice (NSW); DAVE KIRWAN at SNOW-FM.

* Welcome to the Home Beaut girls at Pacific Publications: Account Manager KIM SCOWCROFT and Victorian Advertising Manager JULIE HANBY. Also joining the Address Book are TESSA CURTAIN of Southcorp; JACKIE GARNETT, Circulation Manager, The Conde Nast Publications; M. SYKES and STEPHANIE at Niche Media; JENNIFER STOKELD at Courier Newspapers; DARRELL WADE at Intrepid Travel.


Editor's E-Mail

* PHIL KEEFFE, moving from Communications Manager at the Motor Traders' Association of NSW, across to Manager Corporate Profile at the NSW Government's railway freight enterprise, writes: 'Keep on publishing without fear. Your service and insights are appreciated, especially by those of us somewhat distant from the newsrooms of Australia.' Phil was once Promotions & Public Affairs Manager at the NSW Department of Mineral Resources, and four years as Goodyear Tyre & Rubber's Corporate Advertising Manager. He comments: 'When JOHN SMITH was making $13.50 per week at The Age (Media Flash, July 17), I was pulling in $72 each week at Grey Advertising in Sydney. Amazing what a degree in journalism could do in those days!'

* PETER TAYLOR, MD at 98.9 North West FM, Melbourne, writes: 'Gotta say I just LOVE catching up with Media Flash each week. It's the first E-mail I open, after I've made a coffee of course, and I don't do anything else until I've finished reading it! Thanks, and keep up the great work!'

That C-Word

* LEE BURTON, famed RMIT journalism lecturer, writes: "Ash, I have e-mailed Crikey on this issue as well. Please stop the bickering and get on with what both of you do best ... keeping us up to date on media news. I don't give a stuff that my contact was promulgated as a Crikey subscriber. Just as I don't care who knows I use Media Flash. Please! Back to business!" EDITOR replies: "Lee, we agree with your counsel, but you're the only one uttering the C-word ... except for ...

* CRAIG MARSH, Publisher - General Manager of Inside Melbourne, who writes: 'Well Ash I see your lack of tact and responsibility has yet again landed you in hot water. Good on Crikey for doing the right thing and dumping you and your gossip rag. Again it just confirms what a lightweight you are. Huh, I bet you wish you got told this more often!'

* And ... STEPHEN MAYNE, Crikey media watch-puppy, and defender of media accuracy, who falsely reports in his July 23 edition: 'I know RASH LONG manages sacked 3AW contra-for-comment man BRUCE MANSFIELD but strangely this has never appeared on his Media Flash ... if you want to ask him why he does not disclose the Mansfield management gig in his flash, trying e-mailing him at'

* ASH LONG replies: 'Get it right Stephen. I don't manage Mansfield. Haven't even spoken to the man for more than a year.'

And This Just In ...

* RUSSELL RANKIN writes: 'Hi Ash, Warmest Greetings from tropical North Queensland. Boy, the events that unfold while you step out of your office for a couple of weeks! While not a subscriber to Crikey, (I did buy one of their T-Shirts) I'm at lost to the reaction of your disclosure of their subscription list. All media executives use some form of data base, that exploits, compiled demographic statistics, gathered from independent sources, that are used to gain a target demographic for the promotion of their product/service.While we would all like to assume that information via the internet is classified; the truth is, all information can, and most probably is, intersected. Ask your ISP about the data, that they are by law, have to burn to CD each month, of the activities of their subscribers. Big Brother is very much alive and sees pretty well everything.

* 'To the complainants of your outing, I find their "airs" a little on the naive side, considering the amount of marketing exploitation they use to push an emotive outcome, via databasing. We are all controlled by media manipulation. From direct marketing delivered to your mailbox, to sublimable marketing; (ask Pauls Dairy Products, now promoting a fund raising exercise through North Queensland to secure their brand as wholesome, as opposed to the independant local group Malanda as "unfit"). The influence that media groups have on our community can be at times, unproductive and dare I say, unhealthy, (Don't ask Phillip Morris!). Unfortunately, we, who are involved within the media, seek to gain from its exploitation because; that is our vocation. We promote product A; not because it's better, but because they have a bigger budget.

* Which is why I subscribe to Media Flash (and view Crikey) is that I want, truth. We all know that the media is an extremely fickle business, often very unglamourous, and most times extremely competive, political and unrewarding, but, hey its fun! The more we seek a truth, the better we know ourselves. Regards, Russell Rankin (Email address most probably kicking around somewhere in the ethernet, if anyone's interested).'

Fan Mail

* TOM RICHTER writes: 'I've been a fan of Media Flash for a while now and like it primarily because you are up-to-date with what is really going on in Australian media.'

* CHRIS ROWLEY, Manager - Media Communications, Meat and Livestock Australia, writes: 'Having pinched a look at your Media Flash publication from a colleague bright enough to have subscribed, I would like to receive my very own copy.'

* REX WIDERSTROM writes: 'Even though I've been getting Media Flash via Scoop here in New Zealand, on the 'belt and braces' principle I'd like to subscribe personally, just in case the arrangement between the two organisations changes. Media Flash is addictive and I want to insure against any withdrawal symptoms. Congratulations on an excellent publication.'

* IAN WILSON of ACOSS (Australian Council of Social Service) writes: 'A great little industry e-newsletter'.

Stix and Stones

* STEVE STICKNEY, Editor at The Manly Daily, presents Pearls from a cross-dresser, a cross confessor, a silly- billy and a willy-nilly.

* "I always know when I am approaching Australia by a distant sound: millions of my countrymen patting themselves on the back'' - BARRY HUMPHRIES explains why he can't stand living here anymore. Granta 70, Australia: The New New World.

* "Her castle is made of cheese'' - unnamed Liberal MP's response to suggestions that leader KERRY CHIKAROVSKI'S position as NSW party leader is under threat from `rats in the ranks'. Sun-Herald.

* "Ticket prices are $25, which include champagne and canopies on arrival'' - Press Release for Dolphin Day fundraiser for Peninsula-based charity.

* 'Our mike began to lilt like a willy .. er .. I mean wilt lilke a lily'' - Radio Northern Beaches admit to problems keeping it up .. er .. the station microphone taped to politicians' podiums, that is. Splendid Spoonerism as ENID McILRAITH accepts a NAIDOC award at Warringah Council.

The Trewistle Files: 'Polls Spark Spin-Off'

* MILTON TREWHISTLE'S media adventures, as told by WARWICK BARRACLOUGH of Campaigns:

* 'The opinion poll boom is likely to bust soon, providing a venture capital opportunity to dotcom Trewistle Technology. It plans to sell options on-line.

* 'One thing is clear from our extensive research into the polling industry,' says TT founder MILTON TREWHISTLE. 'Australia is desperately short of opinions.'

* 'TT scientists analysed 8653 questionnaire repsonses, and found a huge number of opinions stating either 'Yes' or 'No'. They felt this indicated a lack of interest or commitment, and fell sadly short of a genuine, reasoned opinion. 'Seventy-four per cent of the buggers simply Don'y Know,' espotulated Trewhistle. "As a nation, we're in the opinion poo.' Trewhistle Technology has investigated importing opinions fro overseas - particularly the Third World countries who need the money for food - but has found it costly and limited by the poor sound quality of opinions.

* 'With Milton's Opinions Online (MOO) you'll have an opinion of your own right awat,' Trewhistle asserts. 'No more dithering, no more asking the wife, you'll just come right out and shout: 'I can't stand this drivel.' 'Subscribers who have real difficulty forming or judging opinions will have a 'tick a box' option, where a random program will select your opinion for you and mail a copy to your friends and local newspaper. Kerry's keen.'

* 'Of 2000 contemporary Australian opinions of more than two syllables and not beginning with an 'F' survyed by TT, the most frequent was 'I don't care if he is the Prime Minister, I don't trust the bar steward.' Runner-up option was 'I can't see m'self saying 'Sorry' to one of them.'

A Good Word For ...

* REV. JOSPHAT LUMUMBA ABURAKA of Kabiria Christian Fellowship, P.O. Box 2413, K.N.H. Nairobi, Kenya, interrupts our cynicism, asking for help to clothe children: 'I kindly request you to assist me ... for many parents now know that I can help their children get education, but I lack facilities. If you could not be in position of assisting us, then kindly look for us a sponsor to rejuvenate the project.' Go to Media Flashers ... that includes you Kerry!

Long Shots

* STEVE HARRIS is offering his Age staffers one free classified ad per classification per day, with a maximum of 15 lines, in the Briths, Birthdays, Marriages, Engagements, Anniversaries, Deaths, In Memoriam and Thank You sections.

Credit Where It's Due

* ASH LONG, Publisher of Media Flash, has commercial arrangements with a number of businesses, with some providing products and services in exchange for promotion within his media enterprises which include The Sydney Report and The Brisbane Report TV programs. In the past week, accommodation services were offered by TONY and GILL ROLFE at The Edgewater Motor Inn at Lake Burrill (NSW).

* As paying clients, the Media Flash roadshow stayed at the Alexander The Great Motel at Windsor (NSW). Alexander might have been ... it isn't.

Bottom Line

* 2906 people subscribe to Filmnet E-newsletter, according to publisher GAWAIN McLACHLAN: '2746 via onelist, about 120 via Listbot and about 40 via my address book. However many more are automatically forwarded copies via their compnay/educational server, read a work copy or read it in aus.films or via the website. So say 3000-6000.'

* $5000 is offered in a Business Software Association of Australia competition for the best anti-piracy advertisement in conjunction with Design Graphics.

* $80,000 is the maximum for a 12-month contract job as Publicist for the National Land and Water Resources Audit. Speak with SYLVIA GRAHAM, (02) 6257 9516, Canberra.

* 446,000 classified ads is the estimated workload of RONDA PROWSE who has just retired after 31 years at The Age Classifieds.

* £650 MILLION is Tribity Mirror's reported bid for The Yorkshire Post (UK), a group also comes with The Star in Sheffield and The Lancashire Evening Post. Papers with a paid circulation in excess of 50,000 have to go before a regulator before being sold.

Last Word

* PETER COLEMAN, Editor of Gx Magazine, quotes News Limited Group Technical Manager BARRY JOHNSON to say WILLIAM CAXTON and JOHANN GUTENBERG weren't the first to bring print to the word. Johnson told the Panpa Bulletin that LAURENS ZANSSEN COSTER used letters and charcters from beech bark in the production of Spiegal Enser Behoudenisse in 1429. Coster had a bit to do with developing ink too.

P.S. -

* FRANK DEVLYN, Rotary International President, has his own definition of public relations: 'Do something good, then tell about it.'

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Senior Appointments

* KATRINA WILSON at Andersen Consulting, is searching for a Media Relations Manager (Sydney) and a Media Relations Executive (Melbourne).

* ROD PLIMMER at Norwich Union is fielding enquiries for a Marketing Communications Manager.

* KATE MARKS is answering queries about the Melbourne International Film Festival's appointment of an Executive Director. Responsibilities start with the 50th Anniversary in 2001.

* GEORGE CRAWFORD at Niche Media is advertising for an Editor for Desktop magazine.


* JOHN MILLICAN is on the search for an 'Exceptional Marketing Co-Ordinator' with a can-do attitude ... but only for six months ... to join the Fairfax 'Content and Commerce' marketing team. John is also appointing an Online Client Trainer, plus an 'Ambitious Account Manager' for Internet banner advertising.

* JOHN WATSON, at The Illawarra Mercury, has a vacancy for a Switchboard Operator (Casual) ... obviously to field the calls from PAUL BARRY'S Media Watch. Enquiries to MARGARET FITZPATRICK at the Wollongong bunker.

* JOHN FAIRFAX is appointing Production Journalists for The Fin. Review, BRW, Personal Investor and Shares. Applications need to be in by August 3. SALLY CRENNAN says Journalist and Production Editor positions are also available.

* JULIE NARDUZZO, at The Herald & Weekly Times Ltd HR, is searching for an Ad Account Exec for The Herald Sun in Melbourne.

* REBECCA POULTON requires a Senior Applications Support person for the f2 Interactive Network. Rebecca is also taking CV's for a Site Producer to work on

More Jobs

* FRED HILMER'S Fairfax Business Publications advertises for a Group Onliner Manager, including work with The Australian Financial Review, BRW, Personal Investor and Shares magazines.

* WAYNE HEELEY, Acting Editor of MIS Australia magazine, is paying up to $35,000, for a Graphic Designer for the Strategic Publishing Group, which also publishes CFO Australia.

* AMANDA TUCCI at John Fairfax Holdings notifies of a vacancy for a Credit Systems Officer. Amanda also wants to appoint a NSW Circulation Sales Manager. A South Australian Circulation Manager is also wanted for the business publications.

* DAVANH INTHACHANH, at Fairfax, Sydney, seeks a Marketing Administration Assistant for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, reporting to the Marketing Director, Herald Publications. Davanh will also accept applications for a Designer to join the Sunday tabloid.

Even More Jobs

* ANDREW COOK, Group Ad Manager at the Sydney Morning Herald, is interviewing for an Account Executive, to join the agency sales team.

* JULIE-ANNE TAYLOR, HR lady at Mirror Australian Telegraph Publications, is collecting CVs for a Deputy Art Director for The Australian Magazine, part of a three-person team.

* HARTLEY HIGGINS requires a part-time journo to edit the quarterly Victorian Viticulture News.

* BILL DAW of the Katherine Region Tourist Association is looking for a Marketing Co-Ordinator for the far-flung region. No details of a petrol allowance.

* KIM MUNDELL, Marketing Manager at Fairfax Business Publications - Magazine Division - has a Friday (July 28) deadline for a Subscription Marketing Co-Ordinator.

And Just Finally ...

* BRIAN POUND, Victorian State Secretary for the Media Entertainment And Arts Alliance, is on the search for an Information Officer. Award rates would be a certainty.

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