Feb 28, 2013

Editors’ feud: Fairfax boss fires back at Monthly ed’s email attack

A very public spat between the editor of The Monthly John van Tiggelen and his predecessor, Good Weekend editor Ben Naparstek, has got publishing circles abuzz.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

Fairfax metro media editorial director Garry Linnell has fired back at claims from The Monthly editor John van Tiggelen that popular magazine insert Good Weekend has never "looked so bereft" as it does under editor Ben Naparstek.

In a stunning email, which has been widely circulating at Fairfax and is published in The Australian today, van Tiggelen attacks Naparstek as a "f-cking dalek" who steals writers and ideas and pays writers wildly different rates. Naparstek, 27, was van Tiggelen's predecessor as editor.

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5 thoughts on “Editors’ feud: Fairfax boss fires back at Monthly ed’s email attack

  1. Misrule

    The Monthly, under Naparstek, was a jock fest. The Good Weekend, under Naparstek, is turning into a schlock celeb rag. ‘More’ doesn’t mean ‘better’, Linnell.

  2. StarrWinkle

    Perhaps this explains why female writers tend to waffle on so much.

  3. Stephen

    Bit like Coles and Woolies, their main focus is on each other, not the customers.

    Oh, except that Coles and Woolies actually make money.

  4. Kevin Herbert

    The Boy Editor Naparstek was a Morrie Schwartz invention… didn’t work.

    Not all inventions do.

    End of story

  5. Liamj

    The Monthly vs. Good Weekend is like Four Corners vs. The New Price is Right.

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