Jun 19, 2014

Richard’s choice: SMH editor on Ackland sacking

The Sydney Morning Herald's editor-in-chief says he had no choice but end Richard Ackland's column, after the long-standing legal writer wrote a diary-style piece for The Saturday Paper.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

The editor-in-chief of the Sydney Morning Herald has hit back at claims that he sacked respected legal columnist Richard Ackland after Ackland wrote a piece for The Saturday Paper, saying Ackland gave him no choice.

“I did not sack him. He has made his own decision,” Darren Goodsir said in an email to staff yesterday afternoon.

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12 thoughts on “Richard’s choice: SMH editor on Ackland sacking

  1. Suzanne Blake

    Whats the big deal, they are both sinking left wing papers?

  2. Andybob

    If those contractual provisions have the effect of substantially limiting competition in the market for acquisition of freelance journalism in Australia and amount to a condition that a supplier of such services to SMH would not supply similar services to particular competitors of SMH then there could be some shenanigans.

  3. Robert Smith

    There were only three columnists worth reading in the SMH – Ackland and Gittins for independent opinion and Carlton for humour. The reasons for buying this “newspaper” are decreasing.

  4. Suzanne Blake

    I cancelled my Fairfax delivery some years ago, when David Marr was Editor. It went downhill and has continued every since. In fact the newspaper deliveries in our street have dropped around 90% in the past few years.

  5. The Pav

    OMG….Susan Blake has crawled out from where ever she has been hiding.

    I guess being sacked with a small “s” is dofferent from being sacked witha big “S’….al la Ms Bishops twisted logic

  6. AR

    Perhaps Goodsir could use a refresher course in grammar if this is typical -“The Saturday Paper deal was done prior to me getting a chance to properly consider ..”.
    Try parsing and ‘my’ would seem to be the pronoun.
    Pav – ORAC re-emerged a couple of weeks ago but I had hoped that it was only death throes or grave subsidence and that nobody would feed the undead troll.

  7. lloydois

    David Marr has never been editor of the SMH.

  8. Suzanne Blake

    Marr announced his resignation from the Sydney Morning Herald on 13 July 2012

  9. AR

    Bach – please don’t feed the troll – she appears not to understand simple words.

  10. The Pav

    Right Wing Nuts ( such as the spectacularly dishonest Suzanne Blake) like to redefine balance , reason and genuine enquiry as ” LEFT WING BIAS”

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