SST editor made redundant

October 19th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

A media source tell me there has been a major upheaval at and Sunday Star-Times Editor has been made redundant.

Next month a new role will be created of Chief Editor for Fairfax, in charge of the Sunday Star-Times and all online media.

The has been losing readers for some years. It will be interesting to see who gets the new top job, and if they can turn it around.

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31 Responses to “SST editor made redundant”

  1. Paulus (2,632 comments) says:

    About time too.
    He has taken the SST to low levels of intelligence with his left wing leadership.
    I cancelled over a year ago after over 25 years because of it, and told him why – his reply was not very enlightening.

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  2. quirky_username (22 comments) says:

    After many a Sunday of complaining as I read the rubbish they were printing, I cancelled my subsciption to the SST. When asked why I replied “the complete lack of balanced reporting”. The response I got was “we usually just clasify that as ‘content’. Is that okay?”.
    Reading a paper on a Sunday is a bit of a ritual for me, but I just couldn’t take it any longer. Perhaps the change of editor will mean that I can re-subscribe. I won’t be holding my breath though.

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  3. JeffW (327 comments) says:

    Clearly the answer is to make it even more tabloid in nature and more left wing. First World War Generals’ Strategy.

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  4. williamsheridan (63 comments) says:

    I heard he’s been signed up as the new Petra on Breakfast :-)

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  5. Redbaiter (9,094 comments) says:

    They won’t/ can’t turn it around, because they constantly put political concerns before commercial concerns, and lie persistently for the left, and thereby alienate a large section of their audience.

    It would be a cold day in hell before I ever contribute one cent in advertising revenue (or any other revenue) to help this sad collection of fucked in the head commie arseholes propagate their lies.

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  6. wreck1080 (3,923 comments) says:

    I stopped buying the SST sometime ago.

    Stick to the HoS. I mostly like the opinion columns.

    It makes you wonder, if the Herald and other majors moved to a paywall online product, would free alternatives appear?

    The general quality of news journalism seems poor. I read an article and they often don’t look at 2 sides to a story — such as where they’re peddling some poor people who cannot afford to feed their children — but, the journalist takes the families word, and doesn’t investigate the income and expenditure. There was a beat up on a real estate agent a while back — but, it was totally one sided as I knew some of the background. But, then, some labour politician took the story as true and banged down the wrong path on that.

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  7. flipper (4,083 comments) says:

    I do not know the “dumpkof”, and I would never defend him because he got the job because he fitted the “fairfax mould.

    Gina Reinhardt is now the single biggest (no pun) shareholder and has made plain her intention to CHANGE Fairfax’s editorial bias from the left to ….? The world’s wealthiest woman vs silly union hacks?

    Every time Fairfax has bought a newspaper they stuffed it by injecting a bias that cost them readers. Look what they have done in Wellingtin (apart from the fact that Murdoch could see better returns for his $s elsewhere. About the only good thing Fairfax have doine was to buy Trade Me. But since then their left wing bias has cost them billions in ad revenue. Then they sold off a chunk of Trade Me to compensate for the newspapers bleeding…. Silly buggers. It has been / will be like hari kari, will it not?

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  8. Grizz (605 comments) says:

    The SST is so poor that I view it as dunny paper for a longdrop.

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  9. jgw739 (26 comments) says:

    Maybe they will rename it at the same time –

    Sunday Hugely Improved Times, or SHIT for short….

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  10. iMP (2,387 comments) says:

    Isn’t the Chch Press amalgamating with SST instead of The Weekend Press?

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  11. Scott (1,804 comments) says:

    I always read a paper on Sunday. After church we go to the local dairy and buy a newspaper and some lollies for my youngest children. We used to read the Sunday Star Times. It is a paper that likes to cover the issues and one which my wife still prefers reading. But like many here I found the constant left-wing bias just too annoying. One can tick off what they think of any issue and how they will report it well ahead of time. Gay marriage – excellent. Abortion protesters – hardline. Any new government program – never seen a government program they don’t like. Charter schools – an abomination.

    On and on it goes. We now read the Herald on Sunday for want of any better alternative. But I would say there is a gap for a decent newspaper that wants to distinguish itself from the left-wing mainstream media line that dominates the news coverage in New Zealand today.

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  12. Longknives (4,764 comments) says:

    I never read the SST again after it ran a bizarre,sympathetic article in favour of Napier Gunman Jan Molenaar and referred to him as something like ‘a Brave Maori Warrior’….

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  13. Redbaiter (9,094 comments) says:

    Forget any alternative newspaper.

    The overall newspaper business model will be lucky if it ever recovers from its gutless and treacherous sell out to global left wing political forces. (there are exceptions, but too few)

    They’re going to get what they’ve had coming to them for a long time. Boo hoo hoo.

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  14. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    Scott: Amen to that…there’s got to be a market for a right leaning paper, surely? Uashamedly so, not pretending to have some balance, like the SST…

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  15. Redbaiter (9,094 comments) says:

    Where would you get the journalists?

    They’re all fucked in the head commies (especially the younger ones) as a result of being “educated’ in schools and universities dominated and controlled by left wing radicals.

    Graduates who can write from a right wing political perspective would be twice as scarce as rocking horse shit.

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  16. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    there’s got to be a market for a right leaning paper, surely? Uashamedly so, not pretending to have some balance, like the SST…

    The left certainly considers that the Herald – in its editorials at least – is right-wing and pro-National.

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  17. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Poor timing for Kemeys. His fellow travellers are out of power. So no job for him unless exit mild gets booted when shearer goes

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  18. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    When it first started it was a good newspaper but then it rapidly turned to shit after being infiltrated by commie arseholes. Like Grizz says..fit for the longdrop.

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  19. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Mold. Dam iPhone automangle.
    Graeme, only the far,far left consider the Horrid right wing.

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  20. TheContrarian (1,086 comments) says:

    I stopped buying it when I discovered it was 50% advertising and 20% ‘lifestyle’, catering to people that like beige carpets and gluten free sandwiches on a budget.

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  21. Nick K (1,244 comments) says:

    His unbalanced and impartial rants against the Super City when working for the Aucklander said it all as far as I was concerned. I cancelled my SST subscription shortly thereafter. Hubbard, Kemeys, Rod Oram – they made my day of rest a day of pain!

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  22. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    I feel so sorry for the bugger….not.

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  23. greenjacket (466 comments) says:

    I didn’t like the Sunday Star-Times. The paper wasn’t strong or absorbent, the size of the paper was way too large, and it floated after flush.

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  24. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    Serves that wanker Kemys right. Under his watch, there has been a progressive dumbing down of analysis and objectivity, and a rise in “gotcha” style hackery, populated with dubious polls masquerading as news.

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  25. AJC (16 comments) says:

    Yeah we dumped the SST about a year ago. Got sick of reading the twit Hubbards section.

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  26. Frederick (39 comments) says:

    I am drinking heavily to celebratre that fuckers demise. He obviously detests John Key and has made it personal and that hatred has spread throughout the paper. Objectivity is non existent . Hubbard has gone but his replacement Cunlifffe is just as much a total wanker.

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  27. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    No doubt they’ll appoint some foodie douchebag to the post. It’s bad enough that the papers are already largely comrised of this gluttonous hipster nonsense.

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  28. Thrash Cardiom (298 comments) says:

    I never read the SST again after it ran a bizarre,sympathetic article in favour of Napier Gunman Jan Molenaar and referred to him as something like ‘a Brave Maori Warrior’….

    Why would they do that when he wasn’t maori?

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  29. Johnboy (16,651 comments) says:

    You only have to feel like a maori to be a maori these days Thrash! :)

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  30. Longknives (4,764 comments) says:

    They did and he was-

    From Wiki- “Jan Molenaar, 51, was born of Ngāti Kahungunu extraction[5] grew up in Napier where he went to Nelson Park Primary School, Napier “

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  31. hemihua (31 comments) says:

    Can we have a paper (and web media) that presents an objective story rather than telling us how to think? And can we cover BOTH sides of the coin? ALL the media i’ve come across in Wellington is atrocious (especially Stuff), can smell the bias a mile away. Facts please, save the media beat ups and sensationalism for the horrid excuses for current affairs shows Cambell Live and Close Up.

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