AFR’s James Chessell heads to The Oz

The Australian Financial Review’s business writer James Chessell is defecting to The Australian.  

The long-time Fairfax journo will write about media for the News Ltd paper’s business section and Media supplement .

He replaces The Australian’s business media writer Nick Tabakoff who left the paper in August for sister title the Daily Telegraph.

In a memo to staff today, The Australian’s deputy editor (business) Clive Mathieson said of Chessell’s move: “Needless to say, his appointment is great news for The Australian and a great blow for our friends at Fairfax.”

He also addressed business commentator Adele Ferguson’s move in the other direction – to Fairfax Media’s The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Mathieson told staff: “The key thing is that the paper and News Limited continue to invest in our business section. Rest assured, we are replacing departures, including Adele.”


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