Brain surgery then boning.
A lot of journalists have been made redundant in Australian media circles this year. But perhaps none have a story like this:
As Crikey revealed yesterday
, online start-up The Global Mail
has made six staff redundant following a review of costs and operations. Hill, a former ABC journo who took up residence in Beirut earlier this year as the publication's Middle East correspondent, was among them. The surgery was to remove a benign brain tumour and she's expected to make a full recovery.
spoke to Hill via Twitter this morning but she didn't want to comment on the situation. It's understood management at the website -- established philanthropically by Graeme Wood with a $15 million, five-year pledge -- is still negotiating with the sacked reporters and administrative staff over entitlements via the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance. If the talks -- which were proceeding this morning -- are unsuccessful then an appropriate chop out will be sought through Fair Work Australia. -- Andrew Crook
Age Christmas fun.
David Dick and The Age
iPad team have emerged triumphant in the ailing Melbourne broadsheet's inaugural Christmas decorations competition. Dick, who was thought to be leaving the company early next year following the current redundancy round, managed to erect an impressive Australiana themed installation, complete with stockings hanging above an authentic-looking fireplace and a Christmas tree made of newspapers.