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 


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