Linnell to The Australian’s journos: I’ll get to your job applications soon

Fairfax Metro Media’s editorial director Garry Linnell has hit back at The Australian’s suggestion that the company’s Canberra bureau is “on the verge of crisis” following the departure of Michelle Grattan to The Conversation and both Lenore Taylor and Katharine Murphy to The Guardian. Linnell claims that staff from The Australian had been asking him for jobs.

Asked about whether replacements had yet been appointed for the trio who worked on The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, Linnell told Mumbrella: “We will certainly be making new appointments to our Canberra bureau and they will be announced shortly. Coverage of national affairs has always been a critical priority for us and remains so. Recent stories we have broken simply underline that.”

Asked whether he wanted to respond to use of the word “crisis” by The Australian, he said: “I don’t really need to respond to any suggestion made in the multi-million dollar loss-making newspaper, The Australian, except to send a message to all those staff on that masthead who have recently applied for roles at Fairfax that their applications will be considered once we have sorted through the backlog.”

Whenever there are suggestions that The Australian is loss making, its owner news Limited insists this is not the case.

Tim Burrowes


Get the latest media and marketing industry news (and views) direct to your inbox.

Sign up to the free Mumbrella newsletter now.



Sign up to our free daily update to get the latest in media and marketing.