May 07, 2004


Commenter Normy slams News Ltd papers for celebrity obsession, but this comparison of News Ltd and Fairfax websites suggests itís the latter with stars in their eyes.

Meanwhile, rumours continue that Neil Mitchell will be appointed as the next editor of the Melbourne Age in the wake of Fred Hilmer's resignation:

Radio host Neil Mitchell's chances of becoming editor of The Age firmed with the news, but he refused to speculate on an appointment last night.

"I haven't made any agreement to go anywhere or do anything apart from have Melbourne's No. 1 radio show," he said.

Mr Hilmer was believed to be the main opponent to Mitchell's appointment.

That line was swirling around yesterday among journalists, but newspaper talk about newspaper issues often turns out to incorrect. For example, a rumour this week had it that a prominent Sydney journalist had been hospitalised due to a condition that had blinded him. Wrong end; heís been diagnosed with colorectal cancer (and is expected to make a complete recovery).

The Ageís prognosis isnít as certain. A Mitchell appointment, if it happens, would at least be entertaining. How would the precious Age types react?

Posted by Tim Blair at May 7, 2004 01:49 PM

In the Fairfax press this is the most horrible thing it's possible for any civilised person to contemplate.

This, on the other hand, is a mere curiosity, related with a yo-ho play-on-words headline.

Precious 'Age' types deserve whatever they get. However, I hope the public more generally will get a tough journo from the old school. Left or right, the aim should be to do away with the present sanctimonious schtick.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at May 7, 2004 at 02:25 PM

I was listening to Neil Mitchell this morning, and I think you can actually see him swing to the left.

He was calling the Iraqi prisoner abuse a "crisis for George W Bush" and kept repeating the demand that Bush formally apologise.

How foolish is that ? Lots of people abuse people from different nationalities, and never before has the leader of a country apologised for a similar incident.

The right outcome is for Bush to discipline those soldiers involved.

Posted by: Jono at May 7, 2004 at 02:43 PM

Tim - time for a new poll !

Who will the next editor of The Age be ?

* Neil Mitchell ?
* Michael Moore ?
* John Pilger ?
* Richard Neville ?

Posted by: Jono at May 7, 2004 at 02:45 PM

There should be no Age. No one is permitted to read anything but the Holy Quran.


Posted by: AKBAR THE GREAT at May 7, 2004 at 02:50 PM

Tim, who cares? You journos love all this stuff, but most Australians couldn't give a fuck. In Sydney, the majority of people don't even read newspapers. The writ of the SMH doesn't extend beyond the eastern and northern suburbs. That's obvious from its content: the writers have probably never journeyed west further than Ultimo!

Same comment probably applies to the Age.

If the ABC, SBS,and the Fairfax papers all went down with the Titanic, nobody would miss them.

Posted by: freddyboy at May 7, 2004 at 03:04 PM

Vote # 1 for Neil Mitchell editing the Age!

A little colour & attitude, and a man who refuses to subscribe to the playground delineations of political stance that occur on, ahem, some blogs.

Actually, could he host Media Watch in his spare time?

Posted by: chico o'farrill at May 7, 2004 at 03:32 PM

Recently, 3AW's breakfast team Ross Stevenson and John Burns were listening to Sly of the Underword (a very good Age journalist) describe the robbery of a milk bar in Dallas (Melbourne suburb) which had been caught on video.

The replay showed the robber quickly crouching behind the counter as a customer came in, picked up The Age, laid a coin on the counter and walked out, completely unaware of the robbery taking place.

'That just doesn't ring true,' came the reply.

'Why, do you think the customer would have noticed the robber?'

'No, but since when does anyone in Dallas read The Age?'

Posted by: ilibcc at May 7, 2004 at 03:39 PM

but newspaper talk about newspaper issues often turns out to incorrect.

As opposed to newspaper talk about damn near anything else.

Posted by: R C Dean at May 8, 2004 at 12:16 AM