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SMH editor Robert Whitehead has quit:

Mr Whitehead will remain with the company, taking up a new role as director of marketing and newspaper sales.

Should be an easy enough job, what with sales now down to a managable level.

The Herald’s editor-in-chief, Mark Scott, will take over as editor while an international search for a replacement gets under way.

Oh no! When last Fairfax conducted an international editor hunt, at The Age, they ended up appointing Andrew the Easily-Offended. Maybe the SMH will hire Albert Scardino. Hey, for that matter, why not Dilpazier Aslam?

Posted by Tim B. on 08/02/2005 at 12:44 AM
    1. If you move to London today, Tim, maybe they’ll hire you tomorrow.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 08 02 at 02:11 AM • permalink


    1. Or maybe Andrea should apply for the job?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 08 02 at 02:12 AM • permalink


    1. why don’t they just pay Jaspan to fuck up both newspapers? Its not as is the SMH needs much effort in that direction and Andrew’s definitely got the skills.

      Posted by larrikin on 2005 08 02 at 02:17 AM • permalink


    1. Larrikin,

      Kidnap victim bashing Andrew Jaspan the diplomat/statesman told The Australian that he preferred Sydney anyway:

      “I thought if you were working in newspapers in Australia, Sydney was the place to be.”

      Perhaps this was all part of his sinister meisterplan. Melbourne’s gain would be Sydney’s loss.

      Posted by Andrew Landeryou on 2005 08 02 at 02:31 AM • permalink


    1. The NYT’s Gail Collins would probably relocate if it would help the children.

      Just today we saw “Ambassador Bolton / President Bush’s appointment of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations is terrible news for the U.N.’’ exactly the sort of worrying that is so needed today.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2005 08 02 at 02:42 AM • permalink


    1. Hey Fairfax, Mark Latham is available. Also Pauleen Hanson. They’d make a great team. It’s about bringing fun back to the SMH.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 08 02 at 02:48 AM • permalink


    1. When the Jewish community complained to the Herald about its anti-Israel bias, the editorial team said they had no control over the journalists. One can only wonder what the editor actually does.

      Good riddance to Whitehead. Could Ramsey, Kingston, Marr and others take some inspiration from this?

      Posted by captain on 2005 08 02 at 03:35 AM • permalink


    1. The Australian

      website saw fit to clarify to those who might not be aware of the Silly:
      THE editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, a New South Wales broadsheet newspaper, today announced his resignation from the post.

      Posted by aldavey on 2005 08 02 at 03:39 AM • permalink


    1. somewhat off topic, but why does the Age refer to OK indigenous spokeswoman Lowitja O’Donoghue as “Dr” O’Donoghue (Age Sat July 30 p5), but doesn’t call Steve Vizard “Dr Vizard” although they both have legit honorary doctorates?
      Second, who gives the Age the right to use the Royal coat of arms on its masthead (dieux et mon droit etc)? Is The Age run by “King” Andrew Jaspan? I recall The West Australian had to ignominiously cull its royal coat of arms off the masthead when someone pointed out this barefaced effrontery 40 years ago. For the actual royal coat of arms as distinct from the bastardised version used by the Age, see

      Posted by percypup on 2005 08 02 at 04:32 AM • permalink


    1. Lachlan Murdoch anyone?

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2005 08 02 at 04:37 AM • permalink


    1. It has to be Margo.

      Think of the headlines she would produce.

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2005 08 02 at 04:45 AM • permalink


    1. #9 Very off-topic, Thomas, but even Barry Jones had a brief stab at assuming the title “Doctor”  on the basis of his honorary doctorate.  The logic, amongst the white-guilt industry, is that if you give kooris doctorates, then they can act as role models to show that kooris are, er, capable of, er, high academic achievement. That is, as long as people keep giving them doctorates.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2005 08 02 at 06:35 AM • permalink


    1. Fairfax Age’s coat of arms? How pretentious.

      More suitable would be the late Sun’s great masthead, the daily-at-dawn rooster.

      The Age could redesign it as a chicken, to both suit their readership profile and avoid plagiarism problems.

      Posted by ilibcc on 2005 08 02 at 07:08 AM • permalink


    1. Goddam you Harry Buttle . . . I was all set to say this is Margo’s big chance.

      Posted by Young and Free on 2005 08 02 at 07:43 AM • permalink


    1. As I recollect, Margo was the SMH political editor at one stage, but took a package in a round of cutbacks (in line with falling circulation of course) about two years or so ago. I believe that The Age and the SMH’s press gallery was rolled into one.  The Melbourne crowd spent a lot time wailing and nashing teeth, and the Sydney crew didn’t notice. Somehow, Margo managed to keep up the web diary though – Freddy Hilmer must have a soft spot (what else?) for his resident lunatic.

      Posted by entropy on 2005 08 02 at 08:08 AM • permalink


    1. ‘took a package’

      what the hell is that?

      don’t tell me people get paid to go away

      Posted by ilibcc on 2005 08 02 at 08:27 AM • permalink


    1. The soft spot is between Fred’s ears.

      Posted by Phranger on 2005 08 02 at 08:27 AM • permalink


    1. I’m rooting for Margo.  That would make me read the SMH (the free online version) everyday, just for laughs.

      Oh please let it be so.

      Posted by wronwright on 2005 08 02 at 09:14 AM • permalink


    1. wronwright, I hope you don’t mean “rooting” in the Australian sense of the word (type “root” into the search field or click on “R”, and scroll to “root”).

      Just warning you, fella.  Wouldn’t want your meaning to be misconstrued.  😉

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 08 02 at 09:41 AM • permalink


    1. I just went to a county fair.  Haven’t been to one in 20 years.  I watched the judging of hogs.  In a midwest American county fair, they’d let 10 hogs enter a central area, run around for 10 minutes, and the judge would award them 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons.  Based on what, I’m not sure.  All 10 hogs looked exactly alike to me.  But to an expert hog judge, well, there are differences, I’m sure.

      “Rooting” is also used to describe the action of hogs searching through mud for a choice piece of garbage.  I really didn’t mean it that way, or the way you’re thinking The Real JeffS.  But maybe something Freudian is at work here.

      Posted by wronwright on 2005 08 02 at 09:50 AM • permalink


    1. Maybe so, wronwright.  Maybe so!  8^D

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 08 02 at 09:55 AM • permalink


    1. Surely there must be someone at Al-Jazeera who can’t handle that network’s strict editorial standards and is willing to tale a career step downward for decent pay…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 08 02 at 11:02 AM • permalink


    1. Re #9,#12, I met Lowitja on a few ocasions. We were told by Finders University to address her as Professor O’Donoghue, as she had some visiting professorship or associate professor status at the university.I must say it all the white academic deference/guilt rolled off Lowitja’s back : she is a warm, intelligent and vivacious person, at home amongst any group of people.

      Posted by Arnie on 2005 08 02 at 05:03 PM • permalink


    1. Apropos the difference between the Australian and North American meaning of root:

      A Canadian teacher was asked by her class of Year 9 girls what sports she was interested in at home in Canada.

      She replied that she used to root for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders!!!

      Another American eacher had her class in fits when she made reference to her ‘scratching her fanny’.

      Posted by pog-ma-thon on 2005 08 03 at 01:22 AM • permalink


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