Mumbrellacast: Should we allow anonymous comments? Plus defamation law (reform), Go Fund Me and BWS’ branding moves, and Ten’s Beverley McGarvey

Our news topics bleed into each other in this week’s episode of the Mumbrellacast. There’s talk of defamation law in the Dylan Voller case, leading to media bosses demanding defamation law reform at their National Press Club appearance. News Corp boss Michael Miller, who appeared on the Press Club panel, chimed in with his support for WPP’s John Steedman, who wrote an open letter to the industry, calling upon media outlets (including Mumbrella) to scrap anonymous comments sections. The team discusses Steedman’s position (and ours), and the value of reader discourse.

Israel Folau also has a high-profile court case on foot. Go Fund Me canned his fundraiser this week, begging the question: was it the right brand move? And speaking of brand moves, should BWS, Australia’s largest alcohol retailer, be partnering with Dry July (and vice versa)?

Plus, Ten’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey joins Mumbrella’s Hannah Blackiston to discuss ditching the overnight ratings, and its lineup for the rest of 2019.

In the news

  • Media bosses call for law reform (1:15)
  • Anonymous commenting in the crosshairs (8:09)
  • Was Go Fund Me right to drop Israel Folau’s fundraiser? (27:44)
  • Is BWS right to support Dry July? (33:37)

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Music credit: RetroFuture Clean Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Hard Boiled Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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