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CC the baton to London, It was also time to pass depicted by its famous red bus. Jimmy Page from The Who rocked... Richardson showing his youth Our old mate David "Sluggo" on 'Today Tonight'.

Jimmy Page from The Who? Led Zeppelin, "Sluggo", Led Zeppelin.

Every boomer knows that, to Media Watch. and most of them wrote in Hello, I'm Jonathan Holmes, on vinyl back in 1970. and I bought 'Led Zeppelin 2' Talking of mistaken identities, up with a beauty a few days earlier, 'A Current Affair's Howard Gipps came about poor little Colin when the whole country was agonising the baby Humpback Whale. in happier times. Colin the baby whale and his mum

last Thursday is convinced The viewer who took this video Australia is now desperate to save. this is the baby whale Well, the viewer was wrong. As ACA would have known

the footage to an expert. if it had bothered to show of Environment told us: We did. The NSW Department Howard. Right whales are the wrong whales, around either, Not much whale expertise the next evening, in a story that almost everyone ran after Colin was put down - when it was discovered and renamed Collette had been a female. that the whale calf In what could prove a cruel twist, was discovered off the south coast, the carcass of another whale if it was Collette's mother. DNA results will reveal if it was the calf's mother... ..tests are being carried out to see be the calf's mother... ..there's speculation that she may Collette's Mum... This whale could be No it couldn't.

is a whale's penis. Because this Collette's dad. So, the carcass could have been But we doubt it. To be fair to the media, a bum steer. it was the experts who gave them told a press conference The NSW Parks and Wildlife Service Collette's mum, that the dead whale might be but they'd need to look at it. to Media Watch: The Department explained Peter Meakin, responded: Seven News's head honcho, Mr Meakin's admitted I think that's the first time we know anything about anything! have been entirely taken by surprise But dedicated Media Watchers won't last week by Fairfax Media's decision in Australia and New Zealand - to cut 5% of its workforce the journalists a decision that brought

out on strike this weekend. at seven Fairfax newspapers

Herald' editor warned us In May, a former 'Sydney Morning that the rivers of gold - produced massive profits the classified advertising that has and 'The Age' for decades - for the 'Sydney Morning Herald' are drying up. So, an average page in 'The Age' on a Saturday brings in $40,000, or the 'Sydney Morning Herald' and that's $4 million a week. and there's a hundred of them the journalists' salaries. And that pays for all to the internet. That advertising is moving special on the future of newspapers, As we went on to explain in our classified sites not only do Fairfax's web-based bring in far less money per ad used to, than its hard-copy classifieds but the leading sites - for cars and houses and jobs - aren't owned by Fairfax at all. Add to that, in recent months, Sydney and Melbourne hard. an economic downturn that's hit by sources inside Fairfax, The result, we've been told "fallen off a cliff". is that revenue from classifieds has One source told us: Crikey website, According to Eric Beecher's senior editors two weeks ago, at a confidential briefing for Don Churchill - The 'Age's publisher, that that story is accurate. We've been told by our own source

proffered no solution. Crikey added that Don Churchill to Media Watch on those figures. Fairfax Media declined to comment The $50 million per year of job cuts will save that it claims its latest round those revenue shortfalls. may go some way to counter-acting But at what cost to journalism? insists Fairfax CEO David Kirk. Little or none, in the production process Better use of technology of the job losses. will account for most reckon that's nonsense. Well, the journos at Fairfax redundancies in four years, they say, This is the fourth round of and they fear it won't be the last. with the caustic assessment And many of them agree made on the ABC's 'Q and A' last week of their rival, the 'Australian': by the opinion page editor need to have I think what managers at newspapers is ink running through their veins, they need to understand newspapers what you haven't had at Fairfax. and that, I'm afraid, in the veins of Fairfax managers, Whether it's blood or ink running it's not warm, but cold. they showed this week that

On Wednesday,

who even his many detractors admit 'The Age's editor Andrew Jaspan - to improve his paper's journalism - fought hard for the resources was summarily removed from his post. with the strike under way, Two days later,

longest-serving one of the 'Sydney Morning Herald's and most popular columnists, said this on his radio show: 2UE breakfast presenter Mike Carlton, Typical of an old leftie, solidarity for ever, all that stuff. don't cross the picket lines,

a combative old leftie in his column. But Carlton is paid to be Or he was. And funny with it. to a senior Fairfax manager When he came off air he confirmed his column. that he wouldn't be filing like that. And his contract was terminated As fellow Herald columnist, Richard Glover told Media Watch... and ABC radio presenter But it's reporters, not columnists, of the new age most. who are feeling the pressure more deadlines. Fewer people, less time,

Peter Hartcher told 'Q and A', As Herald political editor of those who wield the power. it all means less scrutiny take away enough people person power - and you lack the simple manpower - as large as the Federal Government to scrutinise an organisation which has hundreds of thousands of employees... And then of course there's State Governments, and then there's corporations and then there's trade unions and all the other power sources in the country. The job losses in newspapers around the developed world - wherever the public is wired up to the web - have been much more dramatic than they've been in Australia so far. An American blogger who's been tracking the cuts in the US reports that: And as visiting British journalist and author Nick Davies told Kerry O'Brien last week, those who are left are expected to do more in less time and the quality of the information we're getting suffers. If you take away time from reporters, you are taking away their most important working asset.

So they can't do their jobs properly any more... ..I use this word "churnalism" instead of journalism. They just churn this stuff over without having the time to check it, without having the time to decide whether or not this is what they should even be covering today. And it flows into the news and a lot of it is garbage. Gloomy stuff. And now let's leave the big picture, and travel to northern New South Wales, and the town of Lismore, inland from Byron Bay, where Neil Marks presents the breakfast show on radio 2LM.

Two weeks ago, Mr Marks had an announcement for his listeners. Neil Marks is a long-standing member of the National Party, but he's running for council as an Independent. He told his listeners: So, will Neil Marks be resigning as breakfast host at 2LM? Whyever would he? He's taking a break between now and the council election on September 13. After that, win or lose, even if he's the new Mayor of Lismore, he says, he'll be back on the air. As he explained to the ABC's Bruce MacKenzie, his dual role will be good for everyone. But mightn't there be just a bit of a conflict of interest in holding both jobs? asked Bruce. A few churlish folk in Lismore seem to think there could be problems. Retiring Councillor Ros Irwin wrote to the Northern Rivers 'Echo'. 2LM's owners, it seems, have their doubts too. This morning, the chairman of Richmond River Broadcasters told us: Neil Marks poses a simple question to the whingers: Well, Neil, here's a simple answer. In your case, yes. That's it for now. Though the strike at Fairfax's newspapers is over, it seems Mike Carlton's column won't be back this weekend, more's the shame. But Media Watch will be back next week. Join me again then. Closed Captions by CSI


Good evening. The aviation

watchdog has criticised Qantas

over its maintenance standards.

A review found that Qantas

failed to meet its own performance targets and called

on the carrier to make

improvements. China has

deployed more than 8,000

soldiers to help search and

rescue efforts after another

powerful earthquake. The

country's south-west was hit by

a quake measuring 6.1. At

least 32 people have been

killed and hundreds injured in

Sichuan and the neighbouring

Yunnan Province. George W.

Bush is expected to travel to

Texas to oversee emergency

response efforts as Hurricane

Gustav bears down on the

Louisiana Coast. Strong winds

and heavy rains have already

started lashing the US

mainland. The hurricane is due

to hit tomorrow morning. And,

Australia's Paralympic team is

going for gold and silver and

bronze. They're aiming to take

their all-time medal tally to

1,000. It's the biggest team

Australia has sent overseas for

a Paralympic Games. 170

athletes in all. They'll have

a few days to acclimatise to

conditions in Beijing. The

Opening Ceremony is on Saturday


More news in 'Lateline' at 10:35. This program is not subtitled THEME MUSIC APPLAUSE Thank you very much. Thank you, good evening. What would happen if you added this Welcome to enough rope. to this, a pinch of this threw in a handful of this, then added this? you'll get my first guest, If you survive the explosion Bill Bailey. English comedian, actor and musician APPLAUSE AND CHEERING Thank you very much. Welcome to our distant shores. No. Not your first time to Australia. travel to another country Every comedian, when they they they get something from that culture. What, as a comedian, what do you look forward to when you come to Australia? (LAUGHS) Well, mostly the customs regulations. AUDIENCE LAUGHS (LAUGHS) Any in particular? They seem to have become more specific every time I come. You know the first time I arrived it was just a basic, you know, arrangement of nuts, berries. Wooden items, animals, bees... Yes. You know. Do you have any bees? About your person? Yes. You know, like, you take bees on holiday you know, like... Who are these people that can't leave bees behind? We're going to Australia. Let's take the bees. No, let's just take one. AUDIENCE LAUGHS

Steve, let's take Steve. Pick me. Take me! For those looking at Bill right now from, and thinking where do I know him Books. We'll get to that in a minute. you may have seen him from Black I want to show a little bit of Bill, first shows, called Cosmic Jam. this is from one of your Oh, thank you very much. look to the genius of Mozart, So for your full intro, we have to Sonata in C. and his classical meisterwork, PLAYS NAMED PIECE Hey! SEGUES INTO VAUDEVILLE APPLAUSE Well, yeah...

when you play it like that. It's obvious the Cockney music? What's the fascination with Cos you do a lot of that. It's kind of part of the London culture, is this sort of pearly kings and queens

and this sort of roundhouse piano style, this da-da-da-da, oi! You know. It's kind of, you hear it, you know... It's some sort of pub style of piano and I just thought yes maybe there's some Cockney leitmotivs hidden in the classical repertoire. Well, you did an amazing job cos there's Mozart Yeah. and there's Greig and there's Bach. if you really look? Is it everywhere If you're looking for it, yeah. Yeah, it's everywhere. the Hallelujah Chorus, you know, I mean like which is - # Hallelujah!

Yeah. La la la la. # It's actually not...

to the roots of it, if you actually go back it's (HUMS) and then it goes yes we have... no # Yes we have... no # Yes, we have no - bananas.

# We have no bananas today # Yes, We Have No Bananas. Yeah. It's actually in music, is that right? Yes. You were classically trained And is it true that as a child cleaner was in B-flat? you could hear that the vacuum Um... Yes. I could, actually.

That's not just like some lunatic claim. I actually had perfect pitch and uh, it's... AUDIENCE LAUGHS Some of you are going - "Bah! Ridiculous! I've never heard anything so ridiculous." (LAUGHS)I want to show you a man who I think probably had a huge influence on you. OK. (SINGS ARIA) (PIANO DIVERGES INTO BUGLE CHARGE THEME) PIANO THRUMS DISCORDANTLY Laaaa!