Crikey editor Misha Ketchell writes:
This memo penned by CEO David Kirk went up on Fairfax noticeboards this week and has got a few tongues wagging at the Smage:
Following the departure of Mark Scott some adjustments to
our organisation will assist us to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
I have decided to establish an Editorial Board to support
the cooperation and development of our metropolitan newspapers, our magazines
and our online news and information business.
The Board will be chaired by me, will meet monthly and will
comprise the following people:
Editor, Sydney Morning Herald
Editor, The Sun-Herald
Editor, The Age
Peter Fray Editor, The Sunday Age
Publisher, Fairfax General
Mike Van Niekerk
Don Churchill Managing Director, Fairfax
Managing Director, Fairfax NSW
Commercial and Group Magazine Director
Director, Corporate Affairs
The Board will be a vehicle to debate, discuss and agree on
key initiatives to maintain and improve the performance of our editorial
products. The Board will agree overall strategy for the development of our
newspapers, including changes that will need to be made to maintain relevance,
impact, circulation growth and commercial success in a digital world.
In addition the Board will be responsible for ensuring
alignment between NSW and Victoria on editorial direction where this makes
sense and likewise alignment between print and digital…
So could the Sydney Morning Herald and Age be about to become even more indistinguishable? William Birnbauer, head of the recently reconvened Age
independence committee, told Crikey this morning that staff are watching with
interest to find out just what “ensuring alignment between NSW and
Victoria on editorial direction” actually means.
Readers of the two papers might argue they already know.