Mitchell: Scott tried to get me to Fairfax. The Australian‘s editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell tells Crikey he wasn’t perturbed by ABC managing director Mark Scott’s speech to the University of Melbourne on Wednesday night. That’s the one in which Scott taunted The Oz for failing to understand how the public broadcaster works and accused it, rather than the ABC, of being home to groupthink.
Mitchell says, despite Scott’s “silly speech”, he remains a fan of his work. “Mark has also long been a fan of mine,” he informs us. “In his time as Fairfax editorial director, he offered me both Fairfax broadsheets, one twice.” Alas, Mitchell has declined to offer any more details on this previously unrevealed titbit — though he assures us “there are witnesses”.