Fear and loathing is alive and well at The Age, despite the pre-Xmas exodus of 36 journalists clutching hefty voluntary redundancy payouts.
As news editors attempt to fill the massive gaps in rosters left by the redundancies, editor-in-chief Andrew Jaspan has told his inner circle there are at least a dozen more journalists he doesn’t want on the paper.
Jaspan is complaining that he had hoped the more than a dozen journalists would take the voluntarily redundancies, but they didn’t. Instead he had to accept the departures of several senior journalists he would rather have kept.
Now he’s been left with a group of journalists he considers to be disloyal or not pulling their weight and wants they out.
Jaspan is also boasting of plans to hire new journalists in the next few months, including from the ABC.