Brett Clegg tipped to be News Corp’s NSW regional director
Fairfax director of business media Brett Clegg, who last night announced his departure from Fairfax, is strongly rumoured to be taking the role of regional director for New South Wales at News Corp Australia.
Sources at both News Corp and Fairfax said Clegg’s ‘re-defection’, he was at Fairfax, then at The Australian before returning to Fairfax as the CEO of Financial Review Group, was the result of the April Fairfax restructure which saw him lose power after the group was folded within the Australian Publishing Media division and he was forced to report to Allen Williams, rather than Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood.
Mumbrella understands Clegg’s appointment in the role, vacated by new APN CEO Michael Miller in May, is likely to be announced next week.
News Corp Australia has declined to comment on the speculation however, The Australian today reports that Clegg will take what the newspaper calls “a senior role at News”.
Clegg’s defection in 2011 from The Australian back to the Australian Financial Review intensified a fierce war between the business newspaper and the national broadsheet over talent after he lured back a number of senior reporters, such as Michael Stutchbury, Jennifer Hewitt, James Chessell and Nabila Ahmed, and also poached senior commercial executive Simon Smith.
In a 2011 interview with Mumbrella Clegg lamented the loss of relationships at News Limited, such as that with former CEO of The Australian, now CEO of Foxtel, Richard Freudenstein and also News CEO Kim Williams.
“Leaving News Limited one of the things that really hurt was losing the friendship I had with Richard Freudenstein and I’ve also had a very strong relationship with Kim (Williams). I’m not sure if that stands the time of time…,” said Clegg.