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May 13, 2016

Michael West among Fairfax redundancies

Hard-hitting business journo Michael West is among those saying goodbye to Fairfax.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

Senior business reporter Michael West, whose work appeared in the Business Day sections of the Sydney Morning Herald and Age, is leaving Fairfax today.

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  1. Awmy Gaaaahd

    Good thing too, more room for interns to learn what it’s like to write clickbait for free.

  2. Paul Kennelly

    Michael West will be a great loss to readers and the public debate. On the other hand, Peter Hartcher would have been no loss at all. Endless fence sitting in journalism is a waste of time – especially for an opinion writer. Michael’s opinions were always backed up with meticulous research and data, something we need more of not less.

    1. Salamander

      Agreed. I can’t believe they have sacked Michael West.

  3. bjb

    All Fairfax needs to do now is sack Gittens, Martin and Jessica Irvine and then there’ll be absolutely no reason to read buy their papers or visit their web site. West was brilliant, and I hope he gets a gig elsewhere – maybe at the ABC joining Ian Verrender.

  4. Jack Robertson

    Seriously, this bunch of corporate toadies have been masquerading as a ‘progressive’ newspaper for years anyway, but to sack the gutsiest and most competent taxation specialist in business journalism, in the middle of an election campaign in which tax rorting/policy unfairness is probably the single most keenly-debated issue, is beyond all belief. And exactly much more click-bait about the Kardashians, soft-left identity politics filler, Fitzsimonian self-promotion IN CAPITAL LETTERS and shilling for the Sydney real estate industry will the shaving of West’s salary from their operating costs be able to fund, anyway? Surely that kind of ‘news’ is maxed out already.

  5. mark hipgrave

    “You’ll Never Believe What Fairfax Are Doing to Their Staff”
    A few weeks ago someone tried to justify Fairfax’s use of click bait on the basis that it helped fund the serious stuff. But if you’ve got no one left to write the serious stuff, then why bother? No one is going to go to smh celebrity gossip and ten amazing ways to loose belly fat. This seems like a crazy move to me – Spooners cartoon said it all.

  6. mark hipgrave

    “You’ll Never Believe What Fairfax Are Doing to Their Staff”
    A few weeks ago someone tried to justify Fairfax’s use of click bait on the basis that it helped fund the serious stuff. But if you’ve got no one left to write the serious stuff, then why bother? No one is going to go to smh.com.au for celebrity gossip and ten amazing ways to loose belly fat. News.com.au has already got that gig . This seems like a crazy move to me – Spooners cartoon said it all.

  7. bushby jane

    Adler Ferguson would be the next logical victim, makes you wonder whose payroll the bosses are on.

  8. John Candido

    I am completely astonished that Michael West has been sacked from Fairfax. Michael was the most competent business journalist with a very incisive and analytical mind. He was also a very funny and entertaining writer. I always enjoyed reading his intelligent and well researched articles. He will be sadly missed by scores of people.

  9. Scott Grant

    I tend to avoid financial and business writing like the plague. As far as I am concerned, the entire AFR could disappear without a trace. But even I have heard of Michael West and read some of his articles. I find it incomprehensible that Fairfax would willingly dispense with him. Not for the fist time, I am seriously wondering if is worth continuing to support this dysfunctional organization.

  10. MAC TEZ

    Would not have cared if SMH had let Hartcher /Kenny/Irvine go but West was probably their best, get him over here Crikey !

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