Insult to injury. Melbourne Cup Day marks the start of the the silly season, but spare a thought for the poor scribes at the Herald Sun and Victorian Leader and papers — we hear their Christmas party has been cancelled this year.

Management confirmed the cancellation to journalists last week, telling them the budget had been blown on the publication’s 25th birthday party celebrations. That can’t have gone down well — as Crikey has previously reported, that party was as notable for who in the newsroom wasn’t invited as for who was. Some of the newsroom’s most integral behind-the-scenes hands, as well as some of its biggest news breakers, were left out in favour for of those covering the flashier, more celebrity-driven sections. The party caused no end of staff displeasure, much of which found its way into Crikey in one form or another. And the journos at Leader didn’t have a shot of attending, but they’ve lost their party too.

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