The Mail Online has continued its raid on News Corp’s journalists poaching two Sunday Telegraph staff including news editor Barclay Crawford.
He will be joined at the new online publication by Taylor Auerbach, who has covered several high profile celebrity stories for the paper, including a story about boxer Mike Tyson admitting he viewed himself as a coward which got global attention.
The move comes as the publication is set to ramp up its Australian offering under former News.com.au editor Luke McIlveen, with sources saying it will launch a full Australian homepage within the next few months. Currently the right hand rail, or sidebar of shame, is geo-targeted for Australia.
Crawford has been with the Sunday Telegraph since 2010, first as a political reporter, and then as the news editor since April 2013. Before that he had a stint at the South China Morning Post as a reporter. It is understood he is set to be news editor for the Mail Online.
Auerbach gained some prominence in 2009 when he won $50,000 on Channel Nine’s Hot Seat, with host Eddie McGuire promising him a job if he got the final question correct. The job never materialised leading to a media storm.
The pair are the latest in a long-line of News Corp journalists to move to the British publisher, which announced it was entering the market in a joint venture with Nine Entertainment Co last November.