Guardian hires Fairfax Canberra duo

On the same day The Age’s former political editor Michelle Grattan starts her new role at The Conversation, the newspaper’s national affairs correspondent Katharine Murphy and sister paper The Sydney Morning Herald’s Lenore Taylor are quitting the Fairfax titles for The Guardian’s Australian launch, the Australian has reported.

The Australian describes the departures – weeks before the papers turn compact and months before the election – as a “crisis” and says the departures were due to Taylor and Murphy being “unhappy with Fairfax management”.

However, Lenore Taylor has this morning responded to the report on Twitter rejecting suggestions the departure was due to Fairfax management.

This morning she tweeted:

Her colleague Murphy has also commented tweeting she is excited about the move and grateful to Fairfax for the opportunities it has provided her.

Nic Christensen 


  1. Goodness me
    11 Feb 13
    1:51 pm

  2. Suggests The Guardian wont be trying anything novel.

  3. Andrew Duffy
    11 Feb 13
    3:00 pm

  4. @Goodness me — my thoughts exactly. Why are all these start-ups looking to print veterans/refugees from 1990s Fairfax?

  5. NS
    11 Feb 13
    3:50 pm

  6. i suppose the Guardian should hire J-school grads should it?

    why dont you outline the best recruitment policy for them, Goodness Me and Andrew Duffy?

  7. Andrew Duffy
    11 Feb 13
    5:27 pm

  8. For a creme de la creme digital news brand? I’d like to see writers who can use programming/ play with APIs to inform their stories. I’d like to see data journalism and visualisation chops. etc etc. There are journos/writers out there who have some awesome skills and knowledge… surely The Guardian can attract them.

    I’m hoping/assuming this outlet is going to give us a taste of world class online news. I don’t want to see grads, but I also don’t want to see the same stuff that turned Fairfax bankrupt.

  9. archg
    12 Feb 13
    11:48 am

  10. I welcome the Guardian, with a fresh approach, and unlike Rupert Murdochs big L liberal party support, not matter how bad they are, he and his minnions support them.
    I dont trust The Sun or Australian anymore, its so one sided, they are joke.

  11. LD
    12 Feb 13
    12:46 pm

  12. I’m sure Katharine and Lenore will have a new slant with their work, void of the past editorial direction.
    Wish them well and no doubt a lot more fresh talent will be headhunted for The Guardian too.

  13. tom
    13 Feb 13
    2:57 pm

  14. I hope The Guardian does to News Ltd Australia what it has done to News International UK.Best of luck Katharine and Lenore