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Live blog: Thursday June 26

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5.15pm – Tributes are coming in to former Australian News Channel news director and COO Ian Cook who has died aged 68.

Australian News Channel CEO, Angelos Frangopoulos said: “Ian was a great mentor to the many journalists at SKY NEWS and had been a driving force in the establishment of Sky News Australia. Ian has left a lasting legacy in Australian journalism, guiding hundreds of young people through their careers, offering advice and support. He had a fearsome reputation for ensuring attention to detail which was driven by his passion for the craft.

“For me, he was both a mentor and friend. I will him miss greatly. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Sky News Political Editor, David Speers said: “Cookie was a great newsroom leader, never an easy job. He was also the best mentor of young journalists I’ve seen. He was always willing to tell me when I was on the right track or the wrong track. I respected him hugely and will miss him dearly.”

SevenWestMedia CEO Tim Worner said:

Ian was a great newsman.

He was spirited and talented, and he made an extraordinary contribution to journalism in Australia.

He has mentored and led the development and careers of many of today’s journalists.

He played a key role at Seven News in his time at our company.

And he was a powerhouse at Sky News.

He was still doing great work for Sky News as recently as a few weeks ago. He and his family were and are so

proud of that.

Like the fighter everyone who worked with and for him knew him to be, he fought the unbeatable right to the end.

Our thoughts are with his family.

4pm – A couple of departure stories have broken this afternoon. The well regarded Marina Go is to leave the helm of Private Media, owner of Crikey. And Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson and Sarah Morice are the victims of a schedule shakeup at Sydney radio station 2UE.

1.26pm – Former editor of Media on The Australian Martin Beesley has passed away.


1.23pmSeven has failed in its bid to stop media watchdogs from revealing broadcast breaches.

1.16pmControversial Uruguyian footballer Luis Suarez could find his sponsorship deals with Adidas and 888poker under threat following his alleged bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

12.41pm – There’s always extra bits and pieces in the FYI section, such as: STW has acquired retail marketing solutions company Active Display Group and ARN has expanded its national marketing team.

11.41am – Skincare brand Ella Bache has appointed Vizeum to handle its communication strategy, media planning and buying.

11.38am – Freelance photojournalist Ella Rubeli has been named 2014 Walkley Young Journalist of the Year as judges commended her “extraordinary” use of video, photojournalism, print and multimedia.

Tim Addington10.35am – Former B&T editor Tim Addington will be the new face of the publishing industry when he takes the helm of Publishers Australia next month.

10am – A strong night for the secondary channels with Go leading the way with The Hunger Games.

8.27am – Good morning, here’s whats broken over night internationally:

Advertising’s Little Black Book: Newcastle Brown Ale &Droga5 envisage life if July 4th never happened

“July 4th is just around the corner. The entirety of the USA will come together for beer, BBQ, family, fireworks, laughter, and the rest to essentially celebrate not being British.

British comedian Stephen Merchant isn’t best pleased about that in Droga5’s latest campaign for Newcastle Brown Ale. Instead of ranting, though, Merchant imagines Americana life if the Brits had won the Revolutionary War, and a Great Britain 2 was born. The general consensus? Better comedy, better news, more mushy peas, fluffy-haired lawyers and, perhaps most importantly, better rude words.”

TheNextWeb.com: The BBC just made every app developer’s nightmare mistake with push notifications

“It’s probably every developer’s worst nightmare, but if you work for the BBC, such mishaps tend to get seen by a lot more people.

The British broadcaster has a breaking news feature within its mobile News app, and you probably received some interesting ‘Breaking News’ earlier if you have the app installed on Android or iOS. Apparently, ‘Push sucks’ and ‘Pull blows’, and there will be no nudity in the next episode of Game of Thrones.”

Mumbrella Asia: Adam Butterworth to depart as Singapore Clear Channel CEO

“Adam Butterworth, CEO of one of Singapore’s biggest out-of-home players Clear Channel Singapore, is to depart for a role in another market, Mumbrella can reveal.”

The Guardian: Andy Coulson trial: jurors fail to reach verdicts on remaining charges

“The trial of Andy Coulson has ended after the jury failed to reach majority verdicts on two remaining counts that he conspired to commit misconduct in public office by paying public officials for the acquisition of royal phone books.”

Mashable: The Ad World is in Love With Wes Anderson

“Indie auteur Wes Anderson didn’t make this new ad for Oreos, but it sure looks like he did. It’s adorable, quirky and downright twee.

The two-minute mini-movie covers a lot of tried-and-true Anderson tropes, including a wizened narrator, highly stylized alternate universe, precocious kids and sweet twist at the end. Sorry, loyalists, no Bill Murray.”

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