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The Australian names Darren Davidson as media editor replacing Sharri Markson

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Business media writer Darren Davidson has been appointed media editor of The Australian replacing Sharri Markson who moves to a senior writing role with the News Corp newspaper.

Markson, a former editor of Cleo, took on the role just under two years ago while Davidson, a former editor of AdNews, has been with the paper for four years.

He becomes the section’s seventh editor in seven years.

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When Markson took the reins of the newspaper’s media section she vowed that the section would have “attitude” and noted: “I enjoy a good media war”.

Markson’s reign was eventful, drawing headlines in rival publications for an “undercover investigation” into UTS journalism courses, and for an incident at last year’s Melbourne Cup with Fairfax publications claiming she had been asked to leave the Emirates marquee.

The incident became know as “marqueegate”, within the industry, with Markson insisting that nothing had occurred and the airline later issuing a statement denying she was asked to leave.

Markson was also one of the catalysts in reporting events which led to Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton being suspended and ultimately quitting the publisher.

It came after he sent a series of tweets to people who had attacked him on Twitter for a column last July critical of Israel’s handling of the Gaza crisis.

The changing of the guard comes just weeks after the hiring of The Australian Financial Review’s Jake Mitchell, son of editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell, as media writer with the newspaper.

Nic Christensen 

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