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OH DEAR: Expensive Glenn Milne axed

Glenn Milne, a long-time Canberra-based political reporter working for the Sunday News Limited papers, was sacked this week VEXNEWS can exclusively reveal.

Warned late last year after being summoned to a gathering of the Sunday newspapers’ editors that he had to pick up his game, the axe finally fell this week.

OVERPAID
Milne is believed to have been on a package well in excess of $250,000, a number considerably in excess of most of his bosses. They compared their own productivity to his poor performance as a Gallery lounge lizard and found him wanting.

Frequent complaints about Milne included his lack of current political connections, his failure to generate exclusive stories of the kind he frequently promised and his tendency to share with editors “his stories” that were not much more than prevailing gossip around the water-cooler in the Gallery.

With some highly productive young scribes in the company copping as little as $40,000 a year, the injustice of Milne getting paid so much while doing so little was causing an increasing sense of scandal in the company.

GAME OVER
It is not yet known whether Milne’s Monday column at The Australian will continue but sources confirm that he is no longer an employee of News Limited.

Milne has been involved in several atrocities, one of the most vicious and vile being his report when on Channel 7 of a prospective federal MP where he repeated false allegations made by his ex-wife that had already been found to be false in Victorian courts.

Since then our predecessor publication and VEXNEWS have made it our business to ensure an appropriate level of scrutiny was applied to Milne, in the interests of justice.

Highlights of our coverage have included reports of his heavy drinking, the view held by then Howard Government young female advisers that Milne’s frequent entrance to the ministerial wing was regarded as ‘sexually predatory’ and other fair, balanced and well-sourced accounts.

OVER-WROUGHT
So outraged was Milne by our investigative reporting that on one occasion he publicly attacked then left-wing email newsletter boss Stephen Mayne during a live television broadcast, for daring to link to one of our stories. Mayne is a sanctimonious humbug who has naturally found his level in local government as an old crank before his time so Milne couldn’t have delighted us more when he explained why he’d done what he did. Andrew Landeryou, Xanax and alcohol were blamed in equal measure. Comedy gold.

Since then Milne has been on a downward slide. He became a Peter Costello and Costello-backers favoured scribe for a time and that meant he had a steady flow of Costello-serving stories. When Cossie left, there was no-one sadder than Milne.

So besotted was Milne with the nation’s longest-serving Treasurer that he failed to cultivate any love at all with the Labor side in the last few years of the Howard government making him as relevant as a bicycle to a fish since the arrival of Kevin07. It was strange – and perhaps a sign of laziness and old age creeping in – because back in the day he’d previously boasted a close relationship with Keating or at least some of the then Treasurer’s spinners.

Media observers told VEXNEWS this afternoon they were surprised Milne lasted as long as he did post-Costello. They considered it highly unlikely that he’d return to print or television journalism anytime soon.

“There’s always Twitter,” one pointed out.

Discussion

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  1. No loss.

    Posted by Arthur Cartwright | March 19, 2010, 13:40
  2. Great news. This bloke was one big loser. Those wages Andrew. If only we could get some of it over into Vex News, you would treble our knowledge and entertainment.

    Posted by Arther conan doyle | March 19, 2010, 13:57
  3. Exclusively?

    Posted by anon | March 19, 2010, 14:04
  4. Shamahan Next!!

    Posted by John Ryan | March 19, 2010, 14:42
  5. Milne has not been quite right since he witnessed the Thredbo ski village deaths disaster some years ago

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | March 19, 2010, 15:04
  6. A niche gossip sheet is saying Milne has been replaced by “25-year Age man Shaun Carney who shocked colleagues, etc …”
    Hilariously WRONG.
    He’s been replaced by Simon Carney. Totally different person, totally different city, even.
    No shocked colleagues.

    Posted by Anon | March 19, 2010, 15:09
  7. Just checked The Australian online and the list of columnists does not include Milne now

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | March 19, 2010, 15:22
  8. Danby 1. Milne 0.

    Posted by Game. Set. Match. | March 19, 2010, 15:54
  9. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke.

    Posted by James | March 19, 2010, 16:51
  10. Onya VEXNEWS.

    Posted by David Toohey | March 19, 2010, 17:06
  11. Why is the malicious dwarf on ‘Insiders’ ? He contributes fa to the discussions but he behaves as if he’s in a poker game each time he says something and he’s just laid down the winning cards. Right up himself.

    Posted by heinrich | March 20, 2010, 0:16
  12. He lost me the night he took a swing at Mayne.He should have laid him out and then put the slipper in but instead all he managed was a girly-boy slap.Piss weak!

    Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2010, 9:35
  13. If I were a woman, I’d feel very vulnerable too.

    Glenn Milne’s stuff-you-attitude to our nation’s Judeo-Christian values is shocking. We can’t have public figures acting out in public.

    Posted by Ben | March 20, 2010, 10:10
  14. But who will I leak Costello stories to now? I am so over PC anyway. Joe Hockey and Piss Chryne for leaderss.

    Posted by Pisstopher Chryne | March 20, 2010, 13:10
  15. Looks like he is still employed at the Aus…

    The automated email response from News Limited gallery hack Glenn Milne delivered the news: “Please be advised that as of the 13/03/2010 I no longer work for News Limited Sunday Papers, I still work for The Australian.”

    http://www.crikey.com.au/2010/03/19/media-briefs-glenn-milne-poisoned-at-news-kim-williams-used-to-love-the-abc-ruperts-first-pay-shot/

    Posted by anon | March 20, 2010, 13:47
  16. Anon, it’s Kearney not Carney.

    Posted by le mez | March 20, 2010, 23:16
  17. Oh dear oh dear. What a loss to the media…one less drunken hack.

    Posted by tHE jOKER | March 21, 2010, 14:52
  18. my daddy told me he was a nice bloke – always willing to ignore the fact that lots of us believe the world is only 6,500 years old

    Posted by Mike Baird | March 21, 2010, 19:33
  19. He’s still writing for the Oz.

    Posted by McCoy Pauley | March 22, 2010, 18:25
  20. If Mayne is a sanctimonious Humbug what does that make you?

    Posted by John Ryan | March 25, 2010, 1:17

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