Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Death of Fleet Street confirmed plus other news and views

James Murdoch tipped for Disney role in Fox deal - Financial Times

James Murdoch has been suggested as a potential successor to Bob Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney, in deal discussions with the US media company over the sale of 21st Century Fox entertainment assets, according to people briefed on the talks.

Bah hiccup! Mirror journalists are limited to five free drinks at Christmas party - Press Gazette

Keith Waterhouse must be turning in his grave. Bosses at the Mirror titles have told journalists they will have to make do with just five drinks on the company at this year’s Christmas Party, in place of the usual fill-your-boots policy.
Turnbull friendly fire is mostly undeserved - John Warhurst in Eureka Street
Malcolm Turnbull continues to cop plenty of friendly fire. He has both a leadership and a Coalition problem. He is blamed for the ills of the Coalition government whether or not he can be reasonably held responsible for them.

The art of influence: how China's spies operate in Australia - Charles Wallace, a former Australian intelligence officer, in The Canberra Times
Leading politicians and power brokers from both our main parties have, in the past, been prepared to accept China's largesse; some more blatantly than others.
Indeed, our federal parliamentarians have often been guilty of lapses of integrity that would simply not be tolerated of federal public servants.
The simple rule of integrity for current and past politicians, and particularly former prime ministers and ministers, is that they should not accept foreign benefits – no matter what the source – when the obvious intention is to influence or undermine Australian government policy.
Are smartphones making us less productive? Quartz

Teenagers Embrace JUUL, Saying It's Discreet Enough To Vape In Class - NPR
Devices like these might be introducing a new generation of teenagers to nicotine addiction and leading some vapers to take up smoking tobacco cigarettes, a study out in Pediatrics on Monday suggests. That would buck a national trend of teens drifting away from certain risky behaviors like drugs, alcohol and unprotected sex.
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