8 September, 2016. 14:34
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact
FIRST THE BBC WORLD SERVICE left their home at BBC Bush House in central London, then The New York Times closed their correspondent desks around the world – now Sydney’s Daily Telegraph is closing down their world-renowned World News section.
Rather than trim the paper down and perhaps save some online server space, the newspaper is replacing World News with a section entirely dedicated to former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer, a man who’s captivated the whole harbour city in just a few short months.
The news follows weeks of internal restructuring withing News Corp that’s seen a number of job losses, but nothing compared to the slash and burn Fairfax is currently enjoying.
However, it’s alleged by the ABC that both Channel 9’s Today Tonight and the Telegraph have entered this agreement together and will both take a share in the revenue generated by people’s interest in Mehajer.
The 30-year-old property entrepreneur is reportedly ‘stoked’ by the move, saying that having a young impressionable reporter follow him around all day is exciting.
“Yes, it’s true. The Telegraph has a photographer and reporter following my every move,” he said.
“I told them not to pull any punches. I want people to know the real Salim, every little detail. Look guys, I’ve got a lot of things I want to do in this life, lots of goals to kick. By 2020, I want to host Big Brother, which I plan to reboot with Netflix in a media rebrand that the Tele is going to help me with. So many things! Arghh!!”
“But yeah, bro. I’m so stoked to have this gig going now. Anyway mate, it’s been good to chat. Stay humble.”