Eulogy: Mainstream Media Memorial

How fitting that Ray Martin will deliver the eulogy tonight:

Martin accuses proprietors of abandoning serious journalism

In the annual Andrew Olle lecture, long-time Nine Network journalist Ray Martin last night slammed owners of media companies for “dropping the ball” on serious journalism.

“Would the last journo out please turn off the studio lights?” he asked the audience. “There have been sackings and forced redundancies. Share prices tumbling and TV programs dumped,” he said, listing programs axed by the Nine network, including Business Sunday (”How prescient was that?”), Nightline and Sunday. That program’s reporters have been named as finalists in two categories of this year’s Walkley awards.

“How does (Fairfax chief executive) David Kirk seriously believe he can get rid of 550 jobs and maintain Fairfax’s excellence? Eddie McGuire couldn’t do it by cutting 100 from Channel Nine’s news and current affairs team.”

The Andrew Olle Lecture for 2008 will be broadcast on ABC1 late Sunday night.

Will tonight be remembered forever more as RIP Media in Australia? Ah well, don’t forget to tune into Auntie ABC 1 later tonight.

Ray Martin finished up with Channel Nine in February this year. Hence the comment about Business Sunday (a Nine show).

Ray Martin is the man to deliver the Final Words, a Memorial to Media. Or am I jumping the gun?

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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