Dr Mumbo

Seven things that happened while you were on the beach

Today would appear to be the day that most people return to their desks after a long and pleasant Christmas break.

For those who did return today, Dr Mumbo sympathises. No doubt that alarm was a shock to the system.

So here’s a reminder what you may have missed…

1. Australia’s magazine publishers used the cover of the Christmas holidays to attempt to kill off circulation audits.


If the big three publishers have their way, circulation audits are now dead

2. Seven West Media announced an inquiry into CEO Tim Worner’s involvement in financial arrangements for the departure of a member of staff with whom he had been having an affair.

Worner: For a while it looked like he wouldn't hang on until Christmas

Worner: For a while it looked like he wouldn’t hang on until Christmas

3. The Ad Standards Board told brands to stop vilifying husbands. And that “CU in the NT” was not okay as a slogan.


4. News Corp took over APN’s newspapers, making it the most dominant news player in Australia’s history.


5. The global boss of Dentsu resigned over the suicide of an overworked member of staff, kicking off a debate about the work culture of Australian agencies.


6. Qantas had the first PR disaster of the year, with a plane load of passengers stuck in Dubai for New Year’s Eve although CEO Alan Joyce made it home okay.

Joyce: Should he have given up his seat to a passenger who needed it more?

Joyce: Should he have given up his seat to a passenger who needed it more?

7. Ten’s pop show The Loop was accused of airing the most awkward New Year audience countdown of all time. Until it emerged they’d faked it using staff. And then it emerged that the whole thing was a prank.


Dr Mumbo fears that it’s going to be a long year…


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