It has been a big week in media. Leaving aside, for the moment, the work of the federal government media inquiry, the internal machinations at Fairfax and News Limited surely tell us that we live in an age where the newspaper business is increasingly devoid of sentiment.

As John Hartigan, journalist to his bootstraps, departs News Limited and is replaced by a non-journalist, the travails of Fairfax Media continue, with a landmark decision by JB Fairfax and family to again leave the company that bears their name.