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Media Flash - July 9, 2001

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Radio Promotion Questioned

* RADIO 3PBS FM in St Kilda (Vic.) was receiving $3 from every voucher booklet sold in a promotion, covered in a Geelong Advertiser article headlined 'Ad Firm Caught In Phone Scam Fears'. MICHAEL HADE, of Brisbane-based Merchant Sampler Advertising, said his firm contacted about 5000 homes a day, offering a booklet containing $5500 worth of free food, entertainment, services and gifts. Consumers pay $88 for the book. KYLIE OLIVER, of The Geelong Advertiser, says several local readers were alarmed at the company's telemarketing, in which they were said to have been told they had been selected to 'win' the groceries. The Geelong News suburban paper, also published by COLIN DUCK, was mentioned in a call: 'A South Geelong resident - who lives alone - said a caller claiming to represent The Geelong News had phoned her on Wednesday evening to say she had won a competition in the newspaper.'

* NATASHA MULLER of Merchant Sampler Advertising said 'all its staff signed an agreement to stick to a prepared script and were instructed to speak in a slow, clear manner'. The company says it has 'suffered lost business and grief because people were now unfairly sceptical of the offer'.

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News 'Reeling': South Sydney Decision

* JOHN HARTIGAN, Chief Executive Officer of News Limited, says his company 'did not set out to target Souths or any particular club' when it, as a National Rugby League 50 per cent partner, excluded the South Sydney club from the League. Headline writers for The Australian Financial Review Weekend Edition said RUPERT MURDOCH'S company was 'reeling' from the Federal Court 2-1 Full Bench judgement that the club was wrongly excluded from a streamlined 14-team competition. ANNABEL HEPWORTH and BERNARD O'RIORDAN of The Fin report that Seven Network boss KERRY STOKES will honour a $3 million sponsorship pldege, made through his Australian Capital Equity business. ROY MASTERS of The Sydney Morning Herald lists the STOKES generosity at $1 million. The Fairfax paper also has an extra dig at MURDOCH: 'In a further blow for the NRL and News Ltd, damages could be awarded to Souths when the matter goes back to the trial judge for an assessment of the club's losses'.

* NEIL CHENOWETH, who could be excused as being regarded as The Fin's correspondent with a weekly anti-MURDOCH instalment, wrote that it would have been the News Ltd executive 'wearing the asbestos clothing' who had the job of telling RUPERT about Friday's Court judgement. 'One can summarise News Ltd's version of Super League history under the heading 'It Wasn't LACHLAN'S Fault. There is a lot of truth in this. LACHLAN (MURDOCH) was just 23 years old, and some five months into his first job, at that first confused meeting, where the players managed to sign the wrong pieces of paper. But the pressure to find culprits for Super League, and the ascension of LACHLAN, has seen the departure of News Ltd's long-time chief KEN COWLEY and his natural successor, BOB MUSCAT. ROD EDDINGTON was supposed to run News after LACHLAN went to New York. His departure left PETER MACOURT as the only senior News Ltd executive with significant financial and business expertise ... The court decision on Friday puts MACOURT in the spotlight again ...'

Promotions At News Ltd.

* PETER MACOURT has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for News Ltd. A statement in Saturday's Adelaide Advertiser said: 'MR MACOURT, who joined the company in 1983, is a former Chief Financial Officer. He became Deputy Chief Executive in 1998.

* 'MALCOLM NOAD, who began his career with News Ltd in its advertising department in 1973, has been appointed Managing Director of Nationwide News, publisher of The Australian, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. He will also chair the new consumer contact service News-Advantage.

* 'JERRY HARRIS, a former advertising sales executive with Times Newspapers in London, will become Managing Director of Queensland Newspapers. MR HARRIS, who moved to Australia in 1991, was previously Managing Director of News Ltd unit MAPT.'

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SCB's John Laws: Offer To Help Hanson

* JOHN LAWS, just re-signed by Southern Cross Broadcasting to 2UE for 5½ years, made headlines on Friday with his offer to 'personally' help One Nation leader PAULINE HANSON. LAWS: 'Did You cry last night?' HANSON: 'I was pretty upset.' LAWS: 'I'll bet. Were you by yourself last night?' HANSON: 'I had my children'. LAWS: 'OK, Pauline. As I said before, if this is politics thank God I'm not in it. It's a tough world and I think that ...' HANSON: 'That's why we've got to change it.' LAWS: 'Yes, we have, we have. Anyway, if I can help you in any way personally, all you've got to do is yell.' HANSON: 'John, I thank you very much and it's good to talk to you.' LAWS: 'Nice to talk to you, Pauline. Bye.'

* BOB GORDON, Editor-in-Chief of The Gold Coast Bulletin, made his own 'Sister Act' headlines on Saturday with a front-page story as 'PAULINE'S big sister JUDY defends 'our very honest family'.' JUDY SMITH, Gold Coast real estate agent, told Chief Reporter GREG STOLZ that the fraud charges levelled against her sister were a 'desperate' attempt to keep HANSON out of Parliament.

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Asia-Pacific Wire

* THE FIJI TIMES discovered that the nation's financial records for 2001 were wiped out by a computer glitch. SOLOMONE KOTOVALAVU, Permanent Secretary for Finance, made the embarrassing admission when questioned by the newspaper. He had asked for extra time beyond the July 1 deadline to present last year's financial accounts.

Overseas Desk

* DR RAIS YATIN, Minister in the Malaysian Prime Minister's Department, says 'hate messages, seditious writings and e-mail advocating religious dissent and others' are becoming common on the Internet. His Government promises to crackdown on Internet content, with licenses for news providers: 'Two weeks ago, Australia introduced an anti-gambling law on the Internet. Is that censorship?' said YATIN, quoted by Fairfax Kuala Lumpur correspondent BRUCE CHEESMAN.

* ANDY PANDY is returning to the BBC after a 28-year break. His associates are LOOBY LOO and TEDDY.

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Sydney Siders

* HEATHER CHAPMAN, long-time radio writer, is retiring, according to AMT Online. SUE JAVES from The Daily Telegraph takes over the SMH column.

* ALAN JONES, 2UE breakfast broadcaster, may be even harder to take, following Friday's South Sydney football club victory in the Federal Court. JONES has been an unabashed supporter of the Rabbit-ohs.

* ANDREW HIGHFIELD, Courier Newspapers, is hiring an Advertising Sales Executive.

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Melbourne Memo

* JOHN JOST, 3AK CEO, has introduced a new programming line-up, 3pm-Midnight, weekdays. The new line-up failed to appear in either The Age or Herald Sun program guides.

* PETER HAMMOND, Editor at The Mail-Times, Horsham (Vic.), has introduced promotional number plate frames, at $2 each, for readers to show their support for the paper, and the area as 'Australia's Tidiest Town 2001'.

* MICHAEL RAY'S High Country Times weekly newspaper at Mansfield (Vic.) has had an imprint change. Publisher is no longer Victorian Country Times Pty Ltd, a company he had established with DAVID LUELF. Publisher is now Warrior Press, understood to be owned wholly by RAY. His interests are moving from their current High Street offices in the Alpine township, to expanded premises in the local shopping village.

Tassie Tales

* KANE YOUNG wrote in Hobart's Saturday newspaper: 'Bush survivor BEN MALONEY walked into The Mercury offices yesterday saying he wanted to set the record straight and to thank the people who searched for him.' However, 'when asked about the $10,000 he is believed to have received from the Seven Network for a television interview, MR MALONEY said, 'That's no one else's business except mine. I've privately passed on money to organisations that need it.'

* REX GARDNER, Davies Brothers Ltd MD, has announced a 10-cent price rise to The Mercury on Fridays (now $1) from this week. The Saturday edition goes up 10 cents to $1.30. Monday-Thursday editions stay at 90 cents.

Queensland Quips

* THE COURIER-MAIL has early editions all this week with University entrance results. 'Buy your copy of The Courier-Mail with your university results at the special edition time of 11pm at our caravan in the lower ground carpark of Queensland Newspapers at 41 Campbell Street, Bowen Hills'.

* RON CLARKE, former Olympic runner, may return to the Gold Coast following his $1 million defamation win against the ABC, reports PAUL WESTON, gossip columnist for the Gold Coast Weekend Bulletin.

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West Wire

* MARK IRVING'S Inside Cover column in The West Australian records that Access 31 averaged 55,000 viewers for cricket coverage on Thursday night. The previous week's same-time viewers numbered 16,500. 'Moreover, not every suburb in the metropolitan area can receive the TV station. We're told one antenna service company has been inundated with calls from people wanting help to set their TV dials so they can get access to Access 31.'

South Aussie Snips

* RICHARD WINTER, MIX 102.3 FM (formerly 5AD) Program Director, has been axed.

* TOM MILOSEVIC'S Hills & Valley Messenger newspaper has changed some of its circulation boundaries with the adjoining Southern Times Messenger. this follows a survey mailed to every household in the suburbs of Flagstaff Hill and Aberfoyle Park.

Press Gang

* RICHARD MACEY had a top yarn in Saturday's SMH about Universal Press including fictitious streets in its Sydney UBD Street Directory, designed to trap people who illegally copy its maps, breaching copyright. A Fair Trading spokesman said the matter was not considered a breach of consumer laws and action would not be taken.

* JENI PORTER and ANNE DAVIES put together a vintage Fairfax yarn about KERRY PACKER on Saturday: 'It sounds apocryphal but it could just be true: when JAMES PACKER asked his father what his punishment would be for losing about $400 million in the collapse of One.Tel, KERRY replied: 'I'm not going to die yet.' In a breathless top-of-page-three story, the reporters also noted JAMES has taken up smoking 'with a vengeance'. 'It's really disgusting being in meetings with them,' said one non-smoking executive. Yeah, sure ... the SMH job on the ACP family continued in its News Review section with ELISABETH SEXTON'S page-piece with the tease: 'JAMES PACKER'S strategy of making deals with his old school mates is making some stock market analysts nervous.' Of course, the yarn included the disclaimer - 'One stockbroking analyst, who did not want to be named - no-one does, when it concerns the PACKERS - told The Herald ...'

TV Guide

* SKY CHANNEL'S website was this week defaced by a computer hacker - L4m4 - using a Polish address. The hacker says Australian sites need to improve their security.

* DOUG MULRAY'S won promotion in a Celebrity DJ Hour broadcast on CMT cable.

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Your ABC

* JONATHAN SHIER, ABC MD, has spent $22 million on staff retrenchments, reports PILITA CLARK of The Sydney Morning Herald. The 1999-2000 bill was $4 million. The bill for the Changi mini-series, written by JOHN DOYLE of Roy & HG, is reported to have a 75 per cent budget blow-out.

* SANDRA LEVY, ABC Television Director, says 70 per cent of 6pm-11pm programming will now be Australian. GEORGE NEGUS is to host a Australian Talks program of live debates across regional Australia. Dimensions is a new Monday-Thursday program with a focus on media, health, people and movement. Backchat returns.

* DONALD McDONALD'S ABC Chairmanship has been extended by another five years.

* GREGORY TERRETT, ABC Administrator Facilities and Projects SA, is appointing a Property Officer, up to $43,443.

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* LOUISE McCANN, GM, becomes CEO of OzTAM (TV ratings provider), following IAN MUIR'S departure last month.

* JENNY BROCKIE, former ABC journalist, has joined the SBS Insight team.

* JOHN B. FAIRFAX will be one of three keynote speakers at the PANPA Annual Conference to be held in Melbourne, August 6-9.

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The Local Report

* WILLIAM VERITY, Editor of the Fairfield City Champion (Fairfax, NSW), has been appointed as Editor of The Blacktown Sun and The Parramatta Sun. The Fairfield paper has just celebrated its 10th anniversary; it was an expansion from the Liverpool City Champion.

Glass House

* PAN McMILLAN published a small apology to VERSACE, hidden in The Weekend Australian: 'PAN McMILLAN has been advised that substantial portions of a book that it had planned to publish, The Spying Game by FRANK MONTE, are false and unsubstantiated. Specifically, there is no truth to the allegation that the late GIANNI VERSACE was involved in the laundering of Mafia money or had connections to the Mafia. In light of these developments, PAN McMILLAN has cancelled publication of the book and recalled all copies. PAN McMILLAN apologises unreservedly to the Versace companies and the VERSACE family for publishing these false allegations.'

* ROBERT BOLTON, of The Australian Financial Review Weekend Edition, wrote: 'On August 1, the ABC will launch the first new free-to-air TV channel in Australia since SBS in 1980.' What about MCTC-31, Melbourne; CTS-31, Sydney; Briz 31, Brisbane; Access TV, Perth; and ACE-TV 6, Adelaide?

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Editor's E-Mail

* FLEUR BROWN, Broadcast Communications Manager of the Seven Network, writes: 'Dear Ash, In response to your story on the Community TV/Ashes issue (Media Flash Confidential, Wed., July 4), your readers may care to know that Seven is also disappointed that community television coverage of the first session of the Ashes cannot proceed in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney markets. We are pleased that coverage can still proceed in Adelaide and Perth - which we have worked very hard to achieve over the last few weeks.

* 'SEVEN has tried for a number of months to secure a free-to-air television partner to cover the first session of the Ashes. When ABC & SBS declined this offer, we put the opportunity to commercial television stations in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Unfortunately, we hit a legal snag with this on late Monday afternoon. Seven received external legal advice that we were in potential breach of the Trade Practices Act if we provided broadcast rights in markets covered by pay TV station, C7. This is because the words 'exclusive coverage' were used in an Optus program guide, in reference to the C7 broadcast. (in other words, new C7 subscribers may have signed up based on an expectation that the first session of the Ashes would be shown exclusively on C7).

* 'SEVEN has used its best endeavours to get this partnership to move ahead in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In fact, our technical people were working right up until Monday afternoon to assist community stations to resolve any technical issues in each state.'

Stix And Stones

* STEVE STICKNEY, Editor at The Manly Daily, examines heavenly heads:

* 'Police stoned in inner city riot' - one way of dealing with missile-hurling youths in down-town Waterloo. Daily Tele.

* 'Church seeks new Peter' - ribald take on the Anglican Church's search for a replacement for leader Archbishop PETER HOLLINGWORTH, who was about to be sworn in as Australia's new Governor-General. Daily Tele.

* 'Charles and Camilla establish new pecking order' - the first public kiss between PRINCE CHARLES and CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES arouses barely a ripple of public outrage/interest. The Australian.

* 'Pleased to meter you' - local councils are expected to reap a $30m windfall after being handed responsibility for parking fines. Sun-Herald.

* 'Sex Act a challenge for Goward' - umm, new Sex Discrimination Commissioner PRU GOWARD'S appointment failed to create a climax for some commentators. The Oz.

* 'Too good by `Alf' - veteran halfback ALLAN 'ALFIE' LANGER, recalled from England at the age of 34, leads Queensland to a crushing series win in rugby league's State of Origin decider. Sydney Morning Herald.

* 'Penis patient `short-changed' ' - WAYNE COLLINGS is suing his cosmetic surgeon because his penis enlargement operation left him 3cm worse off. The Oz.

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Media Money

* 120,402: circulation of Family Circle, transferred from Murdoch Magazines to Paragon Media. PM is headed by former MM Financial Controller IAN BROOKS, and Publisher-Editor TONI EATTS (a former Better Homes and Gardens Editor).

* $1.2 MILLION: the amount requested in American Express letters-of-demand to One.Tel former MD JODEE RICH, Finance Director MARK SILBERMAN, and Operations Manager KEVIN BECK. TONY BOYD of The Australian Financial Review Weekend edition says: 'Under the terms of the charge card contracts, the three men are personally liable for the amounts owed on the cards.' 3AW's Rumourfile, conducted by breakfast show hosts ROSS STEVENSON and JOHN BURNS, heard late last week that one of the sidebars to One.Tel charging many accounts to a small number of credit cards was the accumulation of Frequent Flyer points. 'It is not known whether the reward points earned on the One.Tel corporate charge cards went to One.Tel or the executives involved,' notes BOYD.

* $25 MILLION: amount to be pumped into the Victorian economy with the filming of the Bonanza prequel - Ponderosa - at a leased property in Daylesford.

Bottom Line

* HUGH MACKAY writes in The West Australian: 'According to a recent newspaper report, the most advertised product in Australia, with a monthly budget of some $20 million, is not Coca-Cola or Toyota, but the HOWARD Government.'

The Last Word

* ALAN THOMAS, Past President of the Quick Printers Association of Australia, writes in TecPrint: 'Would you believe that since the current Melbourne metropolitan Yellow Pages was distributed last December, more than four per cent of the printers listed have gone out of business?'


* WARNER BROS. is about to close its US stores, shedding 3800 jobs. AOL Time Warner have been unable to find a buyer.

* BOB GORDON'S Gold Coast Bulletin reports that a Swedish man who is blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other has lost an appeal for a half-price TV licence.

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Australian Media Job Directory


* AUSTRALIAN HOLIDAYS, Gpld Coast, requires an Advertising/Promotions Co-Ordinator.

* MICHELLE HOLMES of Terraplanet asks for applications for the Editor's job at Monument architecture magazine. Michelle also has the Juice Deputy Editor's job available.

* SPENCER STUART/SELECTOR PACIFIC have the CSIRO brief to locate a Director-Communications.

* JOHN AFFLECK, Editor of The Townsville Bulletin, is making the appointment for a Deputy Editor, as well as a Sports Journalist. (07) 4722 4427.

* GRAEME CARROLL at the Federation of Australian Radio Broadcasters invites applications for the job of Employee Relations Officer.

* KYLIE ALLEN at E-Commerce Today, Chatswood, wants to appoint a journalist.

* IAN RUMSBY, at Weber Shandwick, invites candidates for a Public Relations Account Manager.

* JULIE UPSON at The Western Times (Newport, Vic.) seeks a Chief Sub-Editor.

* CAROLYN CHATAWAY, National Advertising Manager at Friday Magazine - the Rural Press monthly insert, seeks a Sydney-based Advertising Account Executive.

* YOMIURI SHIMBUN - said to be Japan's biggest-selling daily paper, wants a Sydney-based Journalist/Researcher.

* JENNIFER FERGUSON, at Direct Personnel, Southport (Qld), seeks an Advertising/PR Co-Ordinator.

* TREVOR McAULIFFE, Rural Press Ltd, is taking resumes for the Advertising Sales Manager's position at Whyalla News. GPO Box 2249, Adelaide, SA 5001.

* SUSAN HARVEY, at SBS, Crows Nest, is taking applications for a Reporter/Producer for SBS World News (appointment up to two years), and a contract Day Editor's position. (02) 9430 3654.

* MARCUS LEIS, Canberra Times Feature Sales Manager, wishes to appoint a Graphic Designer, with a minimum of one year experience. 9 Pirie St, Fyshwick, ACT 2609. MARCUS also advertises for a Sales Consultant; just one page of CV by July 16 please.

* PETER RAFTOS, of the NSW Department of Education and Training, can answer enquiries about the Manager Public Affairs (up to $88,026) position, and the $69,730 Media Liaison Officer positions.

* MARK CASTAGNINI, at Blitz Publications, looks to appoint a Journalist/Editor.

* FRANCES DIETRICH, Canberra Times Advertising Copy Control Supervisor, is appointing a Casual Copy Control Clerk to the Classified Display Department.

* LEIGH KELSON points to Ten Network and radio sponsorship to underscore an appointment in sales for the 'Gold Coast's Ultimate Lifestyle Giveaway'.

* SHANE RODGERS at Centrelink, Canberra, has a Media Liaison Officer vacancy for the Commonwealth Government service. It pays up to 76,515.

* L. WATSON of the Property Council of Australia, Brisbane, offers a $33,000 Publishing/Journalism/PR job.

* MIX 106.5FM, Sydney, wants more Account Managers. Applications need to go to the General Sales Manager, 11 Rangers Road, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089.

* CHRIS DAVEY, at Q4 Executive Search, has the job of looking for experienced sales people in Sydney and Melbourne, for an 'exciting new medium'.

* JULIE NARDUZZO, Herald & Weekly Times Ltd, is taking applications for an Advertising Sales Team Leader for the Herald Sun.

* SHANE TREACY, Shepparton News Ad Manager, is appointing someone to 'newspaper layout and advertising bookings/general administration'. BRIAN MULCAHY, Operations Manager, requires a two-day-a-week job-share Dispatch Clerk. FIONA RANKINE still looks for a Sub Editor. PO Box 204, Shepparton.

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Eric Zuesse: U.S. Empire: Biden And Kerry Gave Orders To Ukraine’s President

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Strategic Culture On May 19th, an implicit international political warning was issued, but it wasn’t issued between countries; it was issued between allied versus opposed factions within each of two countries: U.S. and Ukraine. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Budget Cockups In The Time Of Coronavirus: Reporting Errors And Australia’s JobKeeper Scheme

Hell has, in its raging fires, ringside seats for those who like their spreadsheets. The seating, already peopled by those from human resources, white collar criminals and accountants, becomes toastier for those who make errors with those spreadsheets. ... More>>

The Dig - COVID-19: Just Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis is compelling us to kick-start investment in a regenerative and zero-carbon future. We were bold enough to act quickly to stop the virus - can we now chart a course for a just recovery? More>>

The Conversation: Are New Zealand's New COVID-19 Laws And Powers Really A Step Towards A Police State?

Reaction to the New Zealand government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown has ranged from high praise to criticism that its actions were illegal and its management chaotic. More>>

Keith Rankin: Universal Versus Targeted Assistance, A Muddled Dichotomy

The Commentariat There is a regular commentariat who appear on places such as 'The Panel' on Radio New Zealand (4pm on weekdays), and on panels on television shows such as Newshub Nation (TV3, weekends) and Q+A (TV1, Mondays). Generally, these panellists ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

For anybody familiar with that gruesome manifestation of the modern work place, namely the open plan office, the advent of coronavirus might be something of a relief. The prospects for infection in such spaces is simply too great. You are at risk from ... More>>

Caitlin Johnstone: Do You Consent To The New Cold War?

The world's worst Putin puppet is escalating tensions with Russia even further, with the Trump administration looking at withdrawal from more nuclear treaties in the near future. In addition to planning on withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics (and Some Of The Economics) Of Lifting The Lockdown

As New Zealand passes the half-way mark towards moving out of Level Four lockdown, the trade-offs involved in life-after-lockdown are starting to come into view. All very well for National’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith to claim that “The number one priority we have is to get out of the lockdown as soon as we can”…Yet as PM Jacinda Ardern pointed out a few days ago, any crude trade-off between public health and economic well-being would be a false choice... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell And Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly ... More>>


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