Fairfax radio moves: Linnell v Jones in 2014. Garry Linnell, Fairfax's director of news media, is taking on a permanent radio hosting gig next year on top of his management duties. Linnell -- the ultimate editorial supremo of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times-- will co-host 2UE's breakfast shift with John Stanley, pitting the pair against 2GB talkback king Alan Jones. While some Fairfax staff were grumbling about their boss taking on two demanding jobs at once, Fairfax spruiked the unorthodox move as "the ultimate cross-company and cross-platform appointment". Besides filling in for Stanley on Your Business Day this year, Linnell, a former Daily Telegraph editor and Channel Nine news boss, is a newcomer to radio. In a statement, Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood said:
"The first time I heard Garry on 2UE I knew it was only a matter of time before he became a more permanent part of 2UE’s line-up. Garry is a natural and has taken to the world of radio like the proverbial duck takes to the big pond that is our new multi-media world. We tell our journalists that we want them to be more and more comfortable across all forms of media. Well Garry is certainly taking a leadership position on it."