Twenty senior writers leave The Age?
Melbourne broadsheet The Age
is confronting a talent crisis as over 20 senior writers — including a core group of editorial stars — head for the exit. Crikey
has been told of 19 names that are queuing up to leave or have already left the building, raising fears the paper could become a hollow-log populated by skittish Generation Y videobloggers.
has decided not to name names until their applications have been ticked off by new editor Andrew Holden. But we can reveal that yesterday was respected media editor Kirsty Simpson’s last day and that she leaves happy and ready for new challenges. Simpson was appointed business editor in 2009
and managed to keep the section bubbling despite its insertion in rear reaches of the paper, before her move to a writing role in the media section. Earlier this week Crikey reported
that Melbourne Life
editor Lorna Edwards and Ray Cassin had already pressed the ejector button, adding to Tom Ormonde’s exit a few weeks ago.
One concerned Age
sage noted that “the most interesting question at the moment — given the number of people interested in leaving — is where content (particularly features and good reads) will come from and whether the company will use redundant staff as contributors”. We've also heard that the already thin-on-the-ground artists/designers department at Collins Street will take a major hit with at least three talented performers likely to take their easels and brushes elsewhere. Applications for redundancies close on August 24. -- Andrew Crook (read the full story here)
Kyle can't hurt babies in Pakistan: ACMA.
Kyle Sandilands has been let off the hook again after the Australian Communications and Media Authority ruled today that his comments about a Pakistani baby with six legs was not in breach of any additional license condition. Sandilands referred to the infant
, born a conjoined twin, as "spider baby" during a broadcast in April.
Complaints had been filed to ACMA that a license condition had been breached regarding the protection of childrens' welfare. The license condition was implemented after Sandilands' misconduct of an interview where a 14-year-old girl revealed she had been r-ped when she was 12.
But the media authority today ruled the child couldn't have heard the broadcast and so Sandilands didn't breach the licence condition. It stated: "... while the broadcast conveyed severe ridicule and was grossly insensitive, it was not likely to incite severe ridicule of the child among listeners." -- Crikey intern David Jeans
Hun's VicRoads howler II
. Another week, another significant Herald Sun
howler on statistics. On Wednesday, the paper published a yarn
by state politics editor Peter Rolfe on the apparently lavish overseas expenditure of VicRoads executives -- just the sort of story the little paper likes to sink its teeth into. "Globetrotting executives", wrote Rolfe, had apparently spent more than $200,000 on international trips while 450 staff faced the axe under the Baillieu government's job slashing plans. One VicRoads director in particular had shelled out "$120,000" in a lavish French sojourn to investigate "truck management strategies".
The only problem being that the director in question actually spent 10% of that amount -- $12,000. The Hez
, it seems, had recklessly added an extra zero. Yesterday, a correction was buried on page 29 in a section headed "for the record".