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A New Voice Joins Australia’s Media Landscape

May 27, 2013

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A new voice has joined Australia’s media landscape today with the launch of The Guardian Australian Edition.  The Guardian is a well-established masthead in the UK and widely regarded as a fairly balanced, objective source of news reporting albeit from a left-of-centre perspective.

According to Editor Katharine Viner, Guardian Australia is a true independent (unlike that other shambles the AIMN).

It’s owned by the Scott Trust, with no proprietor or shareholders.

Founding editor CP Scott wrote in 1921: “A newspaper is so much more than a business.” He then listed the values of the Guardian, which still guide us today: “Honesty, cleanness [integrity], courage, fairness, a sense of duty to the reader and the community.”

Its centre-left credentials are well in hand with contributors and reporters including Lenore Taylor, Katharine Murphy, Greg Jericho and David Marr.

That’s not say it’s going to be a Gillard-sympathetic publication.  It’s already stuck the boot into the Unions’ poster girl with a less than flattering account of Gillard’s defence that she “intends to serve a full term” regardless of whether she wins or loses the next election..

Oh how we laughed…!

 

 

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2013 1:55 pm

    With a firm reputation as being balanced and analytical, I’ll be interested to read the first Australian edition.

  2. May 27, 2013 1:59 pm

    I agree Edward…

    Here’s the link to The Australian Edition…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/australia

  3. egg permalink
    May 27, 2013 2:08 pm

    ‘Julia Gillard reveals Game of Thrones addiction’

    Is this the 5th Estate? Didn’t see anything on the weather yet.

  4. Splatterbottom permalink
    May 27, 2013 2:08 pm

    The Guardian has always been fairly doctrinaire left. In the early 1930’s it declined to print most of the reportage of its Moscow correspondent, Malcolm Muggeridge, who sent in many reports of the mass starvation in the Ukraine. He ended up resigning in disgust.

    Nowadays it is an outhouse of idiocy when it comes to reporting on global warming.

    On the other hand it does publish Nick Cohen, one of the more clear-eyed leftists and author of “What’s Left” (note to Toilet Boss: this has an excellent chapter debunking Chomsky).

    I expect the Australian franchise will be the same bog standard leftism already served up by their roster of journos in other publications. Perhaps David Marr will write some interesting stuff. He is very cute when he gets all steamed up about something.

  5. May 27, 2013 2:21 pm

    “I expect the Australian franchise will be the same bog standard leftism ”

    Well at least it will restore some skerrick of balance in what is otherwise a media landscape dominated by the perpetually outraged rabid right-wing rat bags.

  6. Splatterbottom permalink
    May 27, 2013 2:22 pm

    AdNews on the Guardian:“as of 9am this morning, the most popular story of the last 24 hours was Sarah Ditum’s piece titled ‘Why a vagina is not like a laptop’

  7. Splatterbottom permalink
    May 27, 2013 2:30 pm

    “Well at least it will restore some skerrick of balance in what is otherwise a media landscape dominated by the perpetually outraged rabid right-wing rat bags.”

    Fairfax???

  8. May 27, 2013 2:31 pm

    That’s quality journalism. I’m almost envious!

  9. egg permalink
    May 27, 2013 2:32 pm

    This from Viner is interesting…

    ‘You will find more “open journalism” projects throughout the site, and, in the true spirit of digital media, these will grow and develop, moulded by our users and readers in collaboration with our journalists.’

    Harnessing the enthusiasm of thousands of unpaid reporters makes good business sense, but not sure whether the Guardian is prepared to change its partisan political stance in the digital age.

    The cafe crowd must be thrilled … its like having the cavalry arrive.

  10. Splatterbottom permalink
    May 27, 2013 2:40 pm

    “The cafe crowd must be thrilled … its like having the cavalry arrive.”

    Maybe they can carve out their own little corner in the CIF section?

  11. Splatterbottom permalink
    May 27, 2013 2:45 pm

    “That’s quality journalism. I’m almost envious!”

    Given the number of ex-Fairfax journos on the roster, I wouldn’t hold out high hopes for the Guardian (Aust). But I’m pretty sure if they hosted a GT section it would spice things up! I could do a column chanelling celebrity gerbil Garry Gritter, documenting the comings and goings of famous arseholes!

  12. Dan permalink
    May 27, 2013 2:58 pm

    This might balance some of the biased reporting about the PM she should get coverage about all the laws past in the parliament.

  13. May 27, 2013 3:06 pm

    “celebrity gerbil Garry Gritter, documenting the comings and goings of famous arseholes!”

    LOL 🙂

  14. Neil of Sydney permalink
    May 27, 2013 3:19 pm

    This might balance some of the biased reporting about the PM she should get coverage about all the laws past in the parliament.

    Things must be bad for Gillard if one of her good points is getting legislation passed through Parliament. I would think most govts get legislation passed through Parliament.

    I have noticed that for ALP supporters all the ALP has to do is to announce some new policy to be finished in 50 years time and they all start behaving like fans at a rock concert.

  15. IPA address permalink
    May 27, 2013 3:20 pm

    John Pilger for breakfast? Think I’ll pass, thanks all the same. 🙄

  16. May 27, 2013 4:50 pm

    Because Bolt on your cornholeflakes is sooooo much more appetising. 🙄

  17. May 27, 2013 5:52 pm

    anything reported different to the usual unhinged Limited-News led themes can only be a good thing , does the guardian get pushed around by notw/sun/murdoch in uk.?

  18. IPA address permalink
    May 27, 2013 6:00 pm

    “Because Bolt on your cornholeflakes is sooooo much more appetising.”

    Mmmmm, Bolt-Bix.

  19. IPA address permalink
    May 27, 2013 6:03 pm

    “David Marr … is very cute when he gets all steamed up”

    😯

  20. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 27, 2013 6:21 pm

    When I was young and hanging around London I used to read The Guardian. It all seemed very intellectual.

    Now I read The Daily Mail, it is sensational! Why can’t they have a local variety…oh we have, it’s this place.

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