According to a well-placed source, the Oz will soon announce a new journalist on its media desk. We hear Fin Street Talk editor Jake Mitchell — who is the son of Oz editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell — has been lured to the broadsheet. We tried to firm this up asking everyone you would expect to know first thing this morning, including the editors of both papers, Jake Mitchell himself etc., but no one got back to us before deadline.
The section has been somewhat depleted in recent years. Media and marketing writer Lara Sinclair left a few weeks ago — it’s now down to editor Sharri Markson, Darren Davidson and Michael Bodey.
We would say it must be tricky reporting on media when your dad is one of the industry’s most powerful figures, but Mitchell has done it before at Fairfax — he used to be one of the Fin’s media writers. He moved off that round and onto Street Talk in September last year, as Crikey reported at the time.