Jul 31, 2012

Age v Oz food fight … Global Mail departure … Lehrer resigns …

In today's Media briefs: Marian Wilkinson leaves Global Mail ... Food fight: The Age dishes up a win to The Oz ... Twitter suspends journo's account ... Jonah Lehrer resigns from The New Yorker in disgrace ...

Food fight: The Age dishes up a win to The Oz. And so, it made it. Age foodie insert Epicure ran a full-page colour ad plugging bitter rival The Australian’s esteemed Hot 50 awards. Today’s glorious page three celebration of St Kilda stalwart Cafe Di Stasio’s triumph in The Oz’s Classic restaurant section made it to print, despite the initial reservations of senior Age executives. Australian food critic John Lethlean has been tweeting his heart out about the guerilla attack, gloating about his old section promoting his new home. Here’s Di Stasio maitre d’ Mallory Wall (and The Australian’s logo) in all her Fairfax glory …

To many Media House insiders, it seems surprising The Age would allow a prominent ad to promote a rival paper, but owner Ronnie Di Stasio is a valued advertiser of 25 years standing who is obviously held in high regard as the rivers of gold slow to a trickle.The Age’s sages clearly recognised the importance of the award to its major advertiser and had the largesse to run it.

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