The last few months of Andrew Webster's leadership at the helm of the Cairns Post, an appointment that many observers have been far from impressed, left us questioning following great promises of "listening to the community" in his inaugural editorials.
Following the departure of the notorious and abusive Gavin King, Webster's "award-winning" Council reporter, Thomas Chamberlin who is on leave, is not coming back to the office. Tom has landed a transfer to the Gold Coast, to work with one of the NewsLtd stable of fine publications.
However, the big news is that Roger Dickson, an experienced journalist and one of the more mature writers at the Cairns Post, has also decided to leave the paper. This is sad as so many of the young journalists don't have an inquiring mind or depth of local issues to explore and articulate.
The story goes that over the last few days he resigned to the Editor via his mobile phone and sent a text message. I wonder if that will appear in the 'TXT Post' column this week?
- "Andy pandy, thx for the memories. Won't be in on Mon. Got betta offer. Someone who appre8's me more. Luv u long time."
Any regular listener will notice that the wonderful musco Richard Dinnen is no longer on air. Many rumors have done the rounds over recent months that station manager Bruce Wooley had a far from amicable relationship with the popular drive-time presenter.
Bruce himself, has also departed from ABC Far North, being replaced by an import from Mt Isa.
At WIN TV, Abigail Standbridge, a shining light in local television news reporting, has also departed, reportedly being worn out. Abby has returned to her own home business.