Controversial Age film critic Jim Schembri has taken leave from his plum gig after a Crikey investigation revealed he had repeatedly dobbed on his Twitter critics to their bosses and hinted at taking legal action with the broadsheet's official backing.

Sources inside Media House told Crikey this morning a slab of pre-booked leave was brought forward after Schembri and Age editor-in-chief Paul Ramadge discussed the revelations that have infiltrated the Australian Twitterverse.