Monday’s Australian Story is a must-see episode for anybody interested in the state of media in Australia.
It follows veteran print reporter Malcolm Brown on his personal D Day as job cuts sweep through Australia’s oldest newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald.
As the days of collecting the morning paper from the front lawn are ending, news is available anytime on dazzling digital platforms.
Australian’s oldest media outlet, the Fairfax Media owned Sydney Morning Herald is facing the most turbulent period in its near 200 year history.
Amidst criticism the company failed to find a place in the digital realm quickly enough, the company is embarking on a severe cost-cutting drive.
For some, it’s the dawn of a new era of boundless opportunity; for others, the end of a proud tradition.
Veteran reporter Malcolm Brown is just one of the reporters fighting to keep a place inside the paper he’s served faithfully for forty years.
Malcolm Brown first joined the Sydney Morning Herald as a twenty-five year old from Dubbo and has covered the country’s biggest stories including the Chamberlain case, the Hilton Hotel bombing, Fiji coups and the Wood Royal Commission.
During a time when print was in the ascendancy and fuelled by ‘rivers of gold’ generated by the paper’s classifieds, Brown was at the top of his game, chronicling the day’s events in rolling coverage.
“Malcolm has this incredible drive to get the story right and to get it clear. I think he comes from a time when journalists had that time to do the research, to make sure they understood correctly,” says Mark Tedeschi, NSW’s Senior Crown Prosecutor.
Australian Story goes inside the offices of the Sydney Morning Herald as staff wait for the white redundancy envelopes that reveal who is staying and who’s out the door…
8pm Monday ABC1.