VEXNEWS always wishes our friends at the house of the rising Herald Sun well and there is considerable doubt as to a suggestion published here earlier today that Fiona Byrne â€“ former Confidential editor â€“ has been boned or dethroned in any respect. We can confirm that her star continues to shine brightly in the News Corporation firmament.
Sources inside the company explain that â€“ in fact â€“ Byrne had herself requested a change of direction in the company to broaden out her skills and indeed improve her career trajectory. Edicts from the highest level of the company have made it clear that the company needs to fully embrace the opportunities it will have online by exploiting its brands, its incredible talent bank on staff and loyal customer base that need to be transitioned to paying online for what they gladly pay offline. So her move fits well within that.
It is certainly true though that speculation swept the building that Byrne had been burned so we are pleased to be able to dispel these unpleasant rumours, having done so much to fuel them beyond the HWT building. We have always heard good things about Byrne and continued to today from her many fans so we hope our boning yarn caused her to chuckle not frown. Technical difficulties prevented this story from being published earlier.
The truth is that many in the company wanted her to keep her in the Confidential role and prevailed upon her for a considerable length of time to stay doing it.
Because of this demonstrated loyalty and endurance, Byrne is regarded highly throughout the hierarchy at HWT, we are reliably told, and is no more a tough task-master than Rupert Murdoch himself, a journalist who did rather kick on.
Sources say that Byrne â€“ on her own initiative â€“ requested that management give her a bigger multi-media role, recognising the importance of that to the company and indeed to her own future. When Conroyâ€™s NBN comes, anything could be and will be possible.
The VEXNEWS bunker can pull down 1MB per second on a good day. Thatâ€™s a pretty good ADSL connection. With Conroyâ€™s NBN â€“ based on what weâ€™ve read from Tasmania about the first connections â€“ itâ€™s likely to be 50MB per second. 50 megabytes per second! Little wonder Conroy enjoys the love of the smart folk in the internet community even if committed animal and child sex abuse video downloaders and libertarian types worry that the internet filter will cruel their enjoyment of suicide guides, snuff films and material that has been banned from sale in Australia forever and ever.
The opportunities for news organisations like News Corp and the VEXNEWS Group of Companies from the NBN are huge and are just beginning to be understood.
Back to Byrne, as a recognised name in her own right, her brand represents a considerable opportunity to use across the whole paper, insiders say, and particularly its web presence. Indeed, because of her high profile in the entertainment community, she will still contribute to Confidential on an ongoing basis, as one of the best connected journos around.
Good to hear. Crisis averted. Reportâ€™s of Ms Byrneâ€™s boning have been greatly exaggerated. Onwards and upwards to a Melbourne where The Age is a distant and laughed-about memory. The future belongs to patriots.