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Alex Pan has secured $500,000 in capital for his “Wordpress-alternative”, Storipress

WordPress rival raises $500,000 in seed funding

Start-up accelerator Startmate, Boson Ventures and Junkee Media co-founder Tim Duggan are all investing in this publishing newcomer that can help create a media company in one day.

  • Miranda Ward
Simon Rutherford

‘Like an accountant’: Businesses urged to audit digital marketing

Advertising veterans want SMEs to do a regular health check on their digital marketing efforts to make sure they are not getting ripped off.

  • Miranda Ward
Subscription TV drove consumer spending in the media and entertainment sector in 2021, with audiences lured by shows such as Netflix’s “Squid Game”.

Subscription streaming to grow to $6.51b sector by end of 2026

Consumers are spending $510 more per household on media and entertainment than before the pandemic, driven by subscription streaming to alleviate lockdown boredom.

  • Miranda Ward


News Corp elevates ex-Citi banker to deputy CFO

Andrew Cramer’s decision to quit banking and head to New York with News Corporation appears to be working out.

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

This Month

Stay up to date with ASX announcements to your inbox

Introducing a new way for Financial Review subscribers to stay up to date with ASX-listed company news.

Legalising vaping is a primary aim of the convenience story lobby.

Retail lobby group chief quits but vaping push continues

National Retail Association staff had a backroom role in a campaign to legalise e-cigarettes despite the lobby group keeping its support for vaping a secret.

  • Neil Chenoweth
Dell computers brokered a deal with HBO’s Succession, giving them the Waystar Royco tick of approval.

How the streaming wars created a $34 billion cottage industry

Product placement is hardly new - but the deluge of content from the streaming wars has created an entirely new genre of it, and it’s worth billions.

  • Sophie Haigney
Cate Campbell in the Tokyo pool.

Seven sues over software it needs for Commonwealth Games

The network is in dispute with a production company named Gravity related to an agreement signed in 2019.

  • Miklos Bolza
True Alliance saw online sales growth north of 600 per cent for certain brands during lockdowns.

Digital excellence the key to loosening consumers’ purse strings

When lockdowns began in March 2020, global brand distributor True Alliance was perfectly poised to pivot its business to online.


by Salesforce

MyDeal chief marketing officer Ryan Gracie says the site is focused on pushing necessary items to consumers rather than more expensice purchases.

MyDeal focused on ‘necessary’ items as cost of living bites

Consumers are tightening their spending, focusing more on only necessary items, says listed online marketplace retailer MyDeal chief marketing officer Ryan Gracie.

  • Miranda Ward
PRIA president Shane Allison wants the federal government to help attract communications professionals to Australia.

‘Can’t keep up’: PR industry wants to import foreign flacks

The public relations industry says the domestic supply of talent is not coping with demands from the corporate world and needs migration reform to attract skilled professionals from overseas.

  • Miranda Ward
Rob Hango-Zada of Shippit

Shippit focused on growth as it unveils new purple branding

The fast-growing Sydney-based logistics tech start-up is seeking to capitalise on the “next wave” of the e-commerce revolution and increase its presence in South-East Asia.

  • Miranda Ward
Ampol is pushing its energy credentials in a new ad campaign.

Ampol focuses on its role in the Australian journey in new ad push

The campaign will highlight what the company stands for, then celebrate its fuel credentials and later add messaging around its future energy initiatives such as EV charging.

  • Miranda Ward
Doritos has partnered with ReachOut to help spark conversations about mental health and promote ReachOut’s services to young people.

How a snack brand is starting a conversation on mental health

PepsiCo is listening to consumers who want products of all kinds, even chips and soft drinks, to use their platforms for good.

  • Miranda Ward
Audience Precision’s Haydon Bray

How this media consultancy is using technology to beat its rivals

Audience Precision says it can help big brands solve business problems in about 80 hours less than its traditional advertising agency rivals.

  • Miranda Ward
The rebuild of the Stokehouse in St Kilda in Melbourne was one of the projects where ENVISIA was used.

Boral’s lower carbon concrete sales jump 80pc

A product developed 10 years ago by Boral engineers listening to Led Zeppelin is in higher demand as customers push to go greener.

  • Simon Evans
The studio behind Mad Men are coming closer with Stan in a new content development partnership.

‘Mad Men’ industry pushed to declare harassment policies

Chief marketing officers of big Australian brands are being asked to think about how their advertising agency partners handle issues of harassment, bullying and assault in an effort to stop agencies from silencing staff.

  • Miranda Ward
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall at their wedding in London in 2016.

Rupert Murdoch sent Jerry Hall email to say marriage was at an end

The former supermodel filed for divorce from her billionaire husband on Friday, citing “irreconcilable differences,” six years after the pair married.

  • David Millward

Financial Review free for Qantas customers

The Australian Financial Review has signed a new deal with Qantas to make its digital content available to all the airline’s customers in its lounges and onboard flights.


Seven is seeking to terminate its media rights agreement with Cricket Australia over breaches of quality and standards, understood to primarily relate to the Big Bash League.

Seven seeks to blow up cricket broadcast rights deal

Seven Network wants the Federal Court to allow it to cancel its deal, for which it pays $75 million cash and $7 million in free advertising a year.

  • Miranda Ward