Andrew Rule, one of the most senior and respected journalists at The Age newspaper, has just told his beseiged Editor-in-Chief Paul Ramadge that heâ€™s leaving the troubled journal for the broad, sunlit uplands of the Herald Sun where he will serve and prosper as Associate Editor of the daily Herald Sun.
Heâ€™s one of the Ageâ€™s biggest names, a co-author of the Underbelly and was written extensively on crime, politics and everything else.
No need to over-editorialise this, Andrew Ruleâ€™s defection is really going to sting the comrades at The Age. On rare occasion, journos go from one paper to another but rarely as senior as this.
Age insiders say the mood in their newsroom is â€œglumâ€.