May 06, 2004


Fairfax chief executive Fred Hilmer today announced he plans to quit next year after nearly six years ruining ... er, running the media company.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 6, 2004 06:27 PM

So, it's the Silly Moaning ... what, exactly?


Posted by: ilibcc at May 6, 2004 at 06:47 PM

The Margoyle, Leunig et al better start scanning the boards at Centrelink- I feel Fairfax could be in for a little good-natured bloodletting.

Posted by: Habib at May 6, 2004 at 09:53 PM

You might be on the money, Habib. Word is that Hilmer's departure might be linked to his refusal to greenlight the board's preferred replacement for Michael Gawenda at The Age. More on this later.

Posted by: tim at May 6, 2004 at 10:14 PM

Surprising... the Fairfax papers remain Australia's finest. Leunigs cool, Andrew Bolt isn't given a forum to spout his stupidity, Scott Burchill (my esteemed lecturer) et al have a great space for rational, educated argument...

By jeez, maybe we should ask Rupert to take it over...? Then at least I could know what our local celebs and models think about everything.

Yep, that'd be cool...

Posted by: Normy normal at May 6, 2004 at 10:18 PM

australia's finest most unread 'newspapers'

first they wanted to buy the trading post for classified gold - without the complication of journalism

then telstra wanted to buy them


not in the boardroom - it's agreed - the editorial sucks big time

it's a newspaper company without credible newspapers

Posted by: ilibcc at May 6, 2004 at 11:16 PM

Tim Blair for Fairfax CEO!

Posted by: Jonny at May 7, 2004 at 12:20 AM

Surely the next CEO of Fairfax will have more of an idea than Fred.

I'm sure the next CEO will go through the joint like a dose of the salts - poor performance and falling circulations will not last.

They have to produce a paper that people want to actually read rather than the shit thats currently served up.

Getting of the track, what qualifications does Margit have to be called a political editor - or is it just a case of finding a peanut to whinge on endlessly about the federal government day after day after day.

I would have thought that as a political editor she would have tried to cover a variety of political issues, god knows there's a story or 20 in the state of NSW, with the hospitals, trains, the Roozendaal clause.

But wait a minute, I forgot that Labor is in power.

Surely Margit doesn't have an agenda. No silly me.

Posted by: Nuffy at May 7, 2004 at 12:38 AM

Neil Mitchell on 3AW this morning denied rumours he was to be appointed editor of The Age, claiming he was happy in his present talkback job. Of course, subsequent offers could change that. I reckon Geelong lad Garry Linell should get the gig and Tim could take his job at The Bulletin. But as was said earlier, more on this later.

Posted by: slatts at May 7, 2004 at 12:53 PM

Leunigs cool

Define cool?

If cool means "idiotic dribbling moron". Then yes, I agree Leunig is cool.

Posted by: Quentin George at May 7, 2004 at 06:17 PM