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Canberra Times puts out call for new General Manager …. on competitor Seek

By Az - 4 March 2014 27

Seek ad for Canberra Times General Manager
Things must be getting pretty rough at Fairfax if they can’t get a job response for the General Manager’s position via their own advertising network.

[My contacts] inside CT report a major shake-up underway which may see Canberra’s only daily rag reduced to a tiny operation operating out of someone’s mum’s basement. Printed edition to be dropped entirely.

Does anyone care? Or do people only access CT to backdoor the Fairfax “paywall”?

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra Times puts out call for new General Manager …. on competitor Seek
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HiddenDragon 11:27 am
04 Mar 14
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“[My contacts] inside CT report a major shake-up underway which may see Canberra’s only daily rag reduced to a tiny operation operating out of someone’s mum’s basement. Printed edition to be dropped entirely.”

Happening soon, or maybe eventually? – if the former, a 2014 Shock! Horror! Budget edition would make for a suitably dramatic swan song for the CT as we have known it.

The CT is still good for the parochial stuff – e.g. the coverage of the 19 February storm – but online is clearly superior for stories of that sort. Beyond that, it’s the occasionally entertaining/satisfying local opinion piece and a mish-mash of national and international stuff, usually with a slant aimed at what is presumably assumed to be the typical Canberran’s world view (so not very appealing if you don’t conform to that stereotype).

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Stormfront Org 12:07 pm
04 Mar 14
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As long as their online content remains the same and they don’t ditch classifieds with WL’s ads, many of fellow Canberra punters will not care.:) Sure, it’s a hit and miss at times, but very useful when you want some new “thrills”.

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Walker 12:23 pm
04 Mar 14
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“A key requirement of this role will be the ability of the General Manager to operate in a matrix management structure, as other key senior management positions on site directly report elsewhere in the Fairfax organisation, while having local performance responsibilities.”

I’ve an image in mind of Keanu Reeves getting the job, being responsible for it all somehow, yet having to sneak around with a mobile phone dodging managers that don’t answer. Hopefully there’s a Morpheus somewhere to help out.

I don’t understand how a manager can have so little control yet so much responsibility. Hardly seems fair.

How can you answer to factors you can’t control? Some explaining needed. I’m sure an applicant would have that clarified in due course.

“The ability to establish and maintain strong relationships to the benefit of the business, without direct control of some functions, is essential.”

This makes a bit more general sense.

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justsomeaussie 1:20 pm
04 Mar 14
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Interesting spec:

Serving the nation’s capital, The Canberra Times and its associated publications the Sunday Times and The Chronicle are the flailing news and advertising mediums in the Canberra market.

The Canberra market requires the Canberra Times business to have in-bed relationships with government, business and community so that we can rely on handouts and pity. While a metro publication, the local market is very much a focus for dismal financial performance.

The General Manager of this business has L&L responsibility for the overall operation, excluding the Domain real estate operation which we gouge the market with so we wouldn’t trust you with that.

A key requirement of this role will be the ability of the General Manager to ride this baby down to its eventual dismal failure only to be found in 2030 in the walls of Canberra’s crumbling Kingston Foreshore development.
Other key senior management positions on site directly report elsewhere in the Fairfax organisation because they are just trying to save their own jobs too and don’t want to be brought any further down with your local performance responsibilities.

The ability to salvage and rescue relationships to the benefit of the business, while your immediate managers are on junkets overseas.

The successful applicant will also need to be alive and have;

Strong strategic focus on what is needed in a local market in a time of significant change within the media landscape.
Be held to account in a rapidly changing media environment of which you’ll have no control of but will be expected to make “changes”

Someone that is aware evolving digital media opportunities, and who has seen an iPad even if it’s on TV

Management of complex business structures because we have no idea how anyone can solve this.

Demonstrate ability to fudge budget statements and make things appear good to shareholders.

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justin heywood 2:19 pm
04 Mar 14
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Well Johnboy, one door closes and another opens!

(good to be a fly on the wall at THAT interview)

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c_c™ 2:40 pm
04 Mar 14
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c_c™ 2:43 pm
04 Mar 14
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justsomeaussie said :

Interesting spec:

Serving the nation’s capital, The Canberra Times and its associated publications the Sunday Times and The Chronicle are the flailing news and advertising mediums in the Canberra market.

That says it all really. Their pitch used to be serving the capital AND the nation, and if you go back through their archives, you see that they often had better reporting that even the SMH. But those aspirations are long dead. And having some inside knowledge myself of their operations, I don’t see that improving frankly.

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Eaglehawk 2:53 pm
04 Mar 14
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I’m sure if the CT just switched to a “pictures only” format, and just did a weekend only edition full of bad parking photos, readership might improve?

Speaking of bad parking…why no 2014 threads for it?

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PantsMan 4:42 pm
04 Mar 14
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PantsMan said :

…to backdoor the Fairfax “paywall”?

Sounds painful!

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c_c™ 5:28 pm
04 Mar 14
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Oh come on what was litigious about the two comments that didn’t get posted?

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c_c™ 6:16 pm
04 Mar 14
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c_c™ said :

Oh come on what was litigious about the two comments that didn’t get posted?

ok, now they are posted. No worries, carry on.

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Az 6:27 pm
04 Mar 14
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c_c™ said :

Oh come on what was litigious about the two comments that didn’t get posted?

Don’t sweat it CC, RA is probably protecting itself from a big sook backed by corporate cash who can’t handle having the spotlight reversed.

I’ve heard such sooks often get bitten by karma, once before and soon to be bitten again. Hope that isn’t too cryptic.

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EvanJames 10:28 pm
04 Mar 14
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The CT was a good paper, right up until, the 90s? It’s hard to fathom what caused such a massive decline. A one paper town, and yet that paper still failed. And when it’s gone, I bet someone starts up a new paper, and it does OK.

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bundah 11:45 pm
04 Mar 14
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EvanJames said :

The CT was a good paper, right up until, the 90s? It’s hard to fathom what caused such a massive decline. A one paper town, and yet that paper still failed. And when it’s gone, I bet someone starts up a new paper, and it does OK.

Digital journalism combined with precipitous falls in advertising revenue have taken their toll on newspapers. If the crimes goes under I can’t envisage anything successfully replacing it.

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HiddenDragon 12:24 am
05 Mar 14
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c_c™ said :

Something is cooking according to Noel Towel: https://twitter.com/noeltowell/status/440692129501679617

Sounds like more of those click-worthy python pics on the way!

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