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Comment is free? Guardian worker writes of executives lavish excess

by | 23rd, January 2013

12510533 300x195 Comment is free? Guardian worker writes of executives lavish excessTHE Guardian is heading Down Under to Australia. What do the workers think of the idea? This letter appeared on the Guardian/Observer Weekend section:

 ”Afternoon Alan - I’m a member of Guardian staff, posting anonymously.

 As you know, it’s a tough time for your journalists at the moment – especially for those of us way down the food chain: the production grunts, the desk-bound, the ones who actually produce the content.

We’re working harder and harder (because we love the papers), coping with dwindling resources and morale, we’re badly mismanaged, and trying to cope with the life-changing threat of compulsory redundancies – all a result of the company’s long-term financial illiteracy and lavish excess at the top.

So I just want to say thanks for the series of articles – three now, isn’t it? – about learning to play your Fazioli piano. They’re brilliantly timed, and I know they’ll lift spirits. We always wondered how you filled your days, how you spent your fortune. Now we know.”

That letter has been erased from the paper’s site. Because comment is free.
In July 2012, the Guardian and Observer reported losses of £44.2m. In 2011,  the Guardian and Observer lost £41.6m on an operating basis. Can the paper’s top brass cheer up the gang?
Alan Rusbridger emailed staff at the newspaper to say that his salary in the upcoming 2012-13 financial year will be £395,010, compared with £438,900 in the current financial year.
Perfect time to launch in Australia, then…



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