Has Freed morphed into Whale Oil Media?

There’s signs via at Whale Oil that suggest a major new media enterprise (Freed) has morphed into a bit of rebranding as ‘Whale Oil Media’.

This became apparent in EXCLUSIVE: THE POEM COLIN CRAIG DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE:

WhaleOil Media can reveal…

WhaleOil Media understands…

…has provided WhaleOil Media

…which WhaleOil Media will…

It is also prominent if you do any site searches:

WhaleOilMediaSearch

And in the FACE OF THE DAY post today Slater’s wife shows that she signed a letter to Education Minister Hekia Parata as ‘Whaleoil Media Education Reporter”.

WhaleoilEducationReporter

The Whaleoil Media Education Reporter seemed to be disappointed she didn’t get special prompt attention from a Minister.

There’s still no sign of any progress with Freed since their website recruitment drive in November/January – they were seeking an ambitious list of staff (a minimum of seventeen staff listed) but I’ve heard they failed to attract suitable candidates.

Slater’s last mention seems to be this from May 10.

What can you tell us about FREED?

FREED is coming, but we won’t launch it until we are good and ready and have everything we want in place. Good things come to those who wait. We will launch on our timetable and no one else’s. That said if you know anyone who is keen on investing in a new media outlet to challenge the duopolies in media in New Zealand then we want to hear from you.

Is the timetable ruled by finances? Compare the launch claim (July 2014)…

Mr Slater will not confirm Mr Lentino’s involvement but says one private investor has contributed a six-figure sum for the site.

…and a response to “a $600,000 right wing attack blog” (October 2014)…

$600,000? That isn’t even 7 figures…WRONG again.

…to last month (May 2015):

…if you know anyone who is keen on investing…

…to Product of the Month (June 2015):

LAST DAY!!!!! – WHALEOIL’S PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

To raise funds as well as respond to demand, Whaleoil will run a monthly product special (when we run one!).

Has the million dollar ‘Freed’ morphed into a more modest ‘Whale Oil Media’?

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7 Comments

  1. Shane

     /  27th June 2015

    If “Whale Oil Media” want to be taken seriously, the “education reporter” may want to become a journalist “trained and skilled”. No trained journo writes letters to government ministers. All requests for comment go to the press secretaries.

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    • Funny – hit WO with their own diss. This isn’t Shane Currie giving a bit back is it?

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      • BUCK WIT

         /  27th June 2015

        Shane is not that smart PG

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      • It’s SHAYNE Currie, in any event. Search of the Companies Register doesn’t turn up a WhaleOil Media, but Cameron John Slater is a ceased director of a lot of entities and his trading entity appears to be Social Media Consultants…

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  2. Karen

     /  27th June 2015

    All the ernestness of some teenagers running the school newspaper only less credibility.

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