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Call to ban the Chinese Communist Party from the press club

Liberal Senator from New South Wales Jim Molan wrote to the National Press Club asking it to “revoke all future invitations to speak with representatives of the Chinese communist regime” and attacked Beijing’s “evil, immoral and illegal expansionist agenda”, reports News Corp. Joe Kelly and Jess Malcolm.

Senator Molan posted the letter on social media on Thursday, along with the National Press Club’s chief executive. Maurice Reilly narrative The Australian an invitation to speak had also been extended to a representative of Taiwan as well as to the new United States Ambassador to Australia, Caroline Kennedy.

“We invited the American ambassador and we invited the Taiwanese representative,” Reilly said. “I have seen Jim Molan’s letter and I salute his right to freedom of expression.

“I would probably point out that such an opportunity will not be given to our ambassador in China and that is what highlights one of the virtues of a liberal democracy. And the National Press Club’s Press Gallery and Board of Directors are committed to freedom of the press.

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Twitter reintroduces election disinformation rules ahead of US midterms

Twitter will relaunch features on the social media site to promote accurate information about the U.S. November midterm elections and crack down on false and misleading posts, the company said in a blog post on Thursday, Reuters reports. Sheila Dang.

Civil rights and online disinformation experts have accused social media and tech platforms of not doing enough to prevent the spread of disinformation, including the idea that the president Joe Biden did not win the 2020 election.

Twitter will apply its civic integrity policy, introduced in 2018, to the November 8 midterm elections, when all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives are up for grabs and about a third of the 100 seats in the US Senate.

The policy prohibits users from posting misleading content intended to dissuade people from voting and allegations intended to undermine public confidence in an election, including false information about an election outcome.

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Paramount+ Reveals Italy Launch Date and European Rollout Plans

Paramount+ will land in Italy on September 15, Paramount Global confirmed on Thursday, revealing details of its new Italian service, which could prove a major test of the studio’s streaming platform, reports The Hollywood Reporter Scott Roxborough.

The Italian version of Paramount+ will offer a library of more than 8,000 hours of programming, including original series such as video game adaptations Halo, Sylvester Stallone crime drama king of tulsa and Taylor Sheridanis highly anticipated Yellowstone prequel. The platform will also have third-party local originals, including new UK series sexy beastfrench thriller Mask: serial killer of Marie-Antoinette and German drama The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett.

From Italy, Paramount+ titles will include Ciceroa detective drama set in 1970s Italy, from Gomorrah producers Cattleya, produced in collaboration with VIS, Paramount+ and RAI Fiction; erotic drama 14 daysa Paramount+ original from the writer-director Ivan Cotroneo; and the thriller Corpo liberoa co-production between Indigo Film and Network Movie, in co-production with ZDFneo, and in collaboration with Rai Fiction and Paramount+, in association with All3Media International Limited.

Paramount is pricing the Italian service at $8.25 (€7.99) per month or $82.50 (€79.99) per year.

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News Brands

ValueAct Takes Stake in The New York Times

Activist investor ValueAct Capital Partners LP has taken a 6.7% stake in New York Times Co. and intends to push the media company to more aggressively market subscriber-only content, reports the wall street journal Stephen Nacrosis and Patience Hagin.

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, ValueAct said it had and expects to have future conversations with executives and directors of The New York Times on a variety of issues, including “whether makes sense for an employee of ValueAct Capital to be on the issuer’s board of directors.

One of ValueAct’s projects for The New York Times is to convince more readers to pay for content from new acquisitions such as a sports media company athleticismas well as subscriber favorites such as crossword puzzles, games and recipes, a person familiar with the matter said.

New York Times shares rose nearly 11% to $35.11. They are down about 27% this year.

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Kyle Sandilands rushes in the middle of the show to welcome his son Otto with his fiancée Tegan Kynaston

Kyle Sandilands welcomed her newborn son, Ottowith his bride Tegan Kynaston.

The breakfast radio shock jock was broadcasting from home yesterday and was set to introduce the co-host Jackie O’s news segment when he abruptly announced that he had to leave the show.

“I stream from home for a reason, and that reason seems to have reared its head now. I think maybe I should quit the show and go to the hospital,” he said.

“Oh, it’s about time,” Jackie said happily as the studio burst into cheers and applause.

Later in the show, Jackie – who is the newborn’s godmother – was overwhelmed with emotion as she told listeners that Otto had been born.

She said: “Tegan is really healthy, the baby is healthy. I’m going to read the text, I got this from Kyle’s manager, Bruno, ‘little Otto born this morning mom and boubou are fine. Kyle is beyond excited and he’ll be jumping on tomorrow’s show to discuss all things Otto.

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2021 content quotas: soap operas deliver, but Kids TV in freefall

Free-to-air networks Seven, Nine and 10 have passed minimum local content quotas for 2021 – but children’s TV has taken a hit after being scrapped as a requirement, reports Television tonight.

During the pandemic, the Morrison government overhauled content requirements, introducing “flexibility” for networks to achieve 250 points annually through dramas (adults and/or children) and documentaries – the latter capped at 50 points for prevent the domination of reality TV.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Commercial TV Compliance Report marks the first year under the new system.

Good news – all networks have reported carrying the required 55% Australian programming between 6am and midnight on their main channels.

More good news — overall, drama is up on the pandemic devastation of 2020. But the bad news — it’s still down from pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

On children’s television, that’s bad news.

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How the networks decide to revise their schedule to pay tribute

When a name as big as Olivia Newton John, Shane Warne, Where Bert Newton happening, how do the networks assess whether to scrap their schedule and schedule prime-time tributes, asks TV tonight?

It was early Tuesday morning when Nine and Seven faced such decisions after Olivia’s sad passing, adding Fat and a local miniseries, respectively.

This meant delaying previously announced shows such as The Hundred with Andy Lee for Nine, and The Ipcress folder for Sept.

Tuesday, Nine director of programming Hamish Turner Told tv tonight“We debated it but I think we kind of came back to the point of ‘Why is there a free-to-air broadcaster? What does it bring?’

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