During Cr. Cochrane's appearance on the Rugnut hour today, a John MacKenzie error has revealed the "ulterior motive" driving Gavin King and the Cairns Post in their recent self-promotion activities in the CBD.
The cat's out of the bag - the Cairns Post is leaving Cairns for a move of most operations to Townsville. Just this week two staffers have been cut (the week of Christmas, good job!) and it's been reported to the blog that News Ltd. has made preliminary inquiries about the sale of the Cairns Post building on Abbott Street (the historic former Cairns Main Post Office).
This explains the appointment of King with the oddball title "Editor At Large". A couple reporters will be left in Cairns under the director of King, along with sales and advertising staff.
Axing the local newspaper shows the weak commitment to Cairns by News Ltd., and moving operations to Townsville a major loss to the Cairns community.
More soon . . . .