Readers’ editor watch. In August 2010 Herald Sun editor-in-chief Phil Gardner announced his paper would appoint a readers’ ombudsman — someone to critique the paper’s coverage and act as a liaison with the public. Last August he said it was “definitely still happening”. Yesterday he told Crikey his plans haven’t changed. But the fact remains: two years on, there is still no sign of a readers’ ombudsman at the high-selling tabloid. It’s the same story at broadsheet rival The Age, where staff were promised a readers’ editor in May 2011. It seems that — in these times of job cuts, declining circulation and falling advertising revenue — readers’ editors are a luxury the papers can’t afford.