Oops at the Fin – just the WA printed edition

One of Australia’s most prestigious newspapers, the Financial Review, has printed an error-strewn edition.

One of Australia's most prestigious newspapers, the Financial Review , has printed an error-strewn edition.

The front page included dummy headlines, empty space, “three lines to come here”, Gallipoli misspelt (twice) and the subhead ‘World Is Fukt’.

The front page included dummy headlines, empty space, "three lines to come here", Gallipoli misspelt (twice) and the subhead 'World Is Fukt'.

 The Anzac Day edition is on sale for three days, compounding the AFR’s agony.

The Anzac Day edition is on sale for three days, compounding the AFR's agony. #bringbackthesubs indeed. 

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56 Responses to Oops at the Fin – just the WA printed edition

  1. kae

    Oh dear, that’s a shocker.

    Three days?

    Should be worth some money maybe?

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    I hope the sub-ed responsible for the front page has a very good excuse.

    And a current taxi driver’s licence.

  3. A Lurker

    I agree with Kae, hang onto it – it might be worth some money in the future.

    Someone is going to get hauled over the coals for it – I guess an earlier version of the file was sent to the printers – which begs the question, did no one check the proofs before it hit the presses.

  4. Andrew

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

    It’s a pity the Age doesn’t sell in Perth (or anywhere else) – I’d love to see their half-finished newspapers and their fillers.

    Of course, the “World is Fukt” may be attempted haiku.

  5. stackja

    A Lurker
    #1279477, posted on April 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    I agree with Kae, hang onto it – it might be worth some money in the future.
    Someone is going to get hauled over the coals for it – I guess an earlier version of the file was sent to the printers – which begs the question, did no one check the proofs before it hit the presses.

    The reporter is the proof reader today I believe. Was someone getting in earlier with the long weekend celebration and just let it go?

  6. RCon

    Think some editions were missing a barcode too, so at leas they’re not trying to charge customers for this.

  7. Squirrel

    For a publication which must have dished up countless articles preaching the need for cutting edge international competitiveness and quality, this reeks of Land of the Long Weekend syndrome.

  8. srr

    I can’t believe it’s an accident…and I’m afraid, I do not like ‘the tone’.

  9. Mike of Marion

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer mob!!!

  10. calli

    They should have taken their own advice on the banner:

    Don’t be a DYI super dummy

    I wonder what the penalties will be?

  11. Aussieute

    You think that there will be issues for those who in Fairfax’s eyes believe they are telling the truth.

    Bit like the ABC … you really think they are sorry?

  12. stackja

    Aussieute
    #1279522, posted on April 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm
    You think that there will be issues for those who in Fairfax’s eyes believe they are telling the truth.
    Bit like the ABC … you really think they are sorry?

    Care less!

  13. Anne

    Hahaha…reminds of that Dudley Moore movie “Crazy People” where he decides to tell the truth in advertisements.

    “Jaguar – for men who’d like hand jobs from women they hardly know”.

    http://youtu.be/Z7oqz6Ykpd0

  14. kae

    Ah, the WA printed edition.

    Probably the first one they printed to get over there on time…

    The others should be OK… Couldn’t find one locally, but that just means that normally no one buys it here.

  15. Well spotted

    Just how did someone work out that this was not what the page was supposed to look like?

  16. Craig Mc

    Fairfax apes The Grauniad anyway it can.

  17. Roger

    The reporter is the proof reader today I believe.
    Now that explains it all! The perfect illustration for the decline in journalistic standards since it became a university subject taught by comrades.

  18. stackja

    Now at Bolta

    Print headlines here Andrew Bolt APRIL 25 2014 (12:47pm)
    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/print_headlines_here/
    Someone pushed “send” way too early on the Financial Review’s front page. And would it be fair to conclude from one of the howlers that the sub is a Leftist?

  19. Up The Workers!

    Fauxfacts by name…Fauxfacts by nature.

    What would you expect from the propaganda rag put out by a bunch of sycophantic toadies who slavishly follow a political Party which hasn’t yet worked out how to correctly spell its own Party name despite having had over a century to get it right.

    The rag is only of use as a budgie-cage liner, and as proof-reading is not a budgie’s strong-point (much like ‘thinking’ isn’t the A.L.P.’s strong-point) it comes as no surprise that the blunders were overlooked.

  20. duncanm

    Judith,

    I’m afraid you made a similar mistake:

    One of Australia’s most prestigious newspapers,

  21. ar

    And that was after it had been subbed…

  22. Leigh

    At the top of the front page is a very cryptic message.
    “Don’t be a DIY super dummy”.
    followed by,
    “Watch out for new penalties”.

  23. Tom

    The Australian Financial Review’s editor-in-chief Michael Stutchbury has apologised to readers for a series of embarrassing production errors with the newspaper ’s Anzac Day edition, and admitted it will result in a “revenue loss”.

    Copies of the paper on sale in Western Australia have appeared with cover lines such as “World is fukt” and “The legacy of Galippoli”(sic).

    Twitter users have drawn attention to another page-one misspelling of the Gallipoli Anzac Day campaign, this time as “Gallipolli”, and the incomprehensible subheading: “Army chief here”.

    On the east coast, copies on sale in newsagents do not have a barcode printed on the back page, which means vendors have not been able to carry out a transaction.

    In an email response to a series of questions posed by The Australian, Mr Stutchbury blamed the problem on a “simple error” that led to an “extremely bad result”.

    Mr Stutchbury said the entire 16,000-copy print run for Western Australia was affected. Fairfax was still investigating what went wrong in the production process.

    “The first thing I want to do is to apologise to Western Australian readers of The Australian Financial Review for the obviously unacceptable state of the front page of their paper this morning,” he said.

    “It is an extreme one-off and we are going through our processes to make sure it does not happen again.”

    An initial assessment had established that production staff in Sydney “pressed a wrong button” early yesterday afternoon, Mr Stutchbury said.

    The AFR recently introduced earlier deadlines after changes to print facilities that had resulted in the paper missing significant news stories, such as a recent speech by treasurer Joe Hockey.

    “This error was quickly recognised and the page was recalled from all the print sites,” he said. “For whatever reason, the recalling of the unfinished page did not succeed at the Perth plant.”

    Mr Stutchbury said the bar code issue was “confined” to NSW, the paper’s biggest market. “We are still doing our assessment on this,” he said.

    “But I understand the bar code was sent to all print sites around the country as usual but somehow fell off the file at the Sydney site for an unknown number of copies.”

    In response to the impact on circulation revenue, Mr Stutchbury claimed “the revenue loss is unlikely to be large”.

    A spokesman for the Newsagents Association of NSW and ACT said Fairfax had failed to communicate the production issues to vendors.

    He added that the publisher had “bigger problems” including “late delivery of papers”.

    According to newsagent blogger Mark Fletcher, the omission of the barcode would affect retailers, such as supermarkets, that did not have a “hot button” for the AFR on their cash registers.

  24. gabrianga

    What errors? Isn’t this the norm for the Fin?

  25. calli

    The rag is only of use as a budgie-cage liner

    So that’s why Joey is always on the floor of his cage…he’s proof reading.

  26. Snoopy

    In response to the impact on circulation revenue, Mr Stutchbury claimed “the revenue loss is unlikely to be large”.

    :)

  27. Tom

    Fairfax Media is set to end the subediting of its newspapers by Pagemasters, in a move which has seen 40 journalists told their positions will be redundant from July 10.

    Fairfax has been gradually outsourcing subediting of its newspapers – including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times – to AAP’s Pagemasters and increased the scope of these contracts during the publisher’s wide-ranging cutbacks of 2012 and 2013.

    Many of those employed by Pagemasters are former Fairfax Media and News Limited staffers who lost their jobs during the cuts.

    Fairfax has now given notice that it does not intend to renew the contract when it expires in just over two months’ time, although Pagemasters says it is hope to ease the blow with “new project work”.

    The move comes as Fairfax continues to build its offshore subbing hub in New Zealand, where it has already outsourced production of a number of its local titles.

    “We have received notice on the existing contract, which is due to expire in July. We continue to be in negotiations with Fairfax for a new contract beyond that but that is yet to be resolved,” Peter Atkinson, managing director at Pagemasters, told Mumbrella.

    “We had some meetings with our staff last week to advise them that Fairfax had given notice on the current contract which will mean that some of our current staff will face redundancies. But we remain hopeful that we will be able to strike a new deal with Fairfax moving forward but that is still subject to discussions.”

    “It is likely there will be some redundancies but we don’t yet know the scope that they will be.”

    The AAP subhub has long been a controversial area with some media observers criticising Pagesmasters, which subs the daily news content of publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Canberra Times, for a decline in quality at the Fairfax mastheads.

    The role of a copy sub editor is to check and edit editorial copy after it is written. Pagemasters also designs and lays out pages from several Fairfax titles. According to Pagemasters’ website: “We provide design and editing services for Fairfax Media, supplying complete page production for the news, business, sport and features sections of the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times.”

    Pagemasters carries out similar services for News Limited’s community and regional titles, along with APN’s New Zealand stable.

    AAP is jointly owned by Australia’s major publishers.

    Atkinson last week sent an email to affected staff at the organisation, warning that even if Pagemasters is able to secure a new deal it would not include a ‘rolling over’ of existing arrangements set out in its “Moonlight” contract, meaning that all positions covered in the contract will be redundant from July 10. The Moonlight contract covered news pages for Fairfax. A parallel contract covering feature subbing, ‘Sunshine”, was moved from Pagemasters to Fairfax NZ last year.

    Atkinson’s email to staff:

    Dear all,

    Two meetings were held today in our Sydney and Melbourne offices to update staff on developments with our Moonlight sub-editing contract.

    As most of you would be aware, this contract is due to expire in July at the completion of its initial three-year term.

    Fairfax has given notice to Pagemasters that it does not intend to renew the contract, although the two companies remain in discussions over a potential new arrangement for production of the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times. However it is clear that any potential new agreement would not include a “rolling over” of existing arrangements.

    Therefore, staff were today advised that all positions in the current Moonlight contract will be made redundant by July 10, 2014. We are working with Fairfax Media on a transition plan and, once finalised, details will be provided to staff.

    In the week commencing May 5, 2014, Group Managing Editor Antony Phillips and Group HR Manager Amy Singh will hold individual meetings to discuss details of your severance package, notice and any job opportunities that may be available at that time. In the interim, any other job opportunities within the Pagemasters and AAP group will be circulated for your consideration.

    We will continue our discussions with Fairfax and are hopeful that some new project work will result. However, Fairfax Media has made it clear that this would be on very different terms and conditions to our current contract.

    If and when these details are agreed, we will of course offer opportunities for current staff to apply for these roles.

    The Pagemasters boss told Mumbrella he was still hopeful of securing a deal with the publisher.

    “We have some proposals being considered by Fairfax and we are hopeful we will know about those in the next few weeks,” he said.

    Fairfax Media did not respond to invitations to comment.

    Journalists’ union the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) said it was aware of the situation and was working with its members.

    A spokesman for the MEAA said they did not believe Fairfax’s New Zealand operation had the capacity to take on the news sub editing contract.

    “We have a question in our minds how much more work Fairfax can take on in its New Zealand operation,” said an MEAA spokesman.

    “We don’t know whether they’ve got enough qualified staff employed at the moment to take this contract on.”

  28. Senile Old Guy

    calli:

    The rag is only of use as a budgie-cage liner

    So that’s why Joey is always on the floor of his cage…he’s proof reading.

    :-)

  29. Sir Fred Lenin

    Those responsible will be sent to ome of fauxfactssecret Gulags for Life,unless they are related to a Politburo member,in which case they will be Promoted.,and allowed an overseas tripat fauxfacts expense,accompanied by a fauxfacts security minder.

  30. Ash

    Oooh looks like Karma got you AFR.

  31. Milton Von Smith

    Oh dear. I think Stutchbury may be “fukt”

  32. H B Bear

    I think you guys were scooped by my go-to news source, http://www.theworstofperth.com.

    If people weren’t already embarrassed by working at Fauxfacts I doubt this will make any difference. How much longer before someone puts a bullet in the Weekend Fin?

  33. Fleeced

    Yeah, the “World is Fukt” one is funny – you really should avoid using offensive dummy data just in case that happens… as a programmer, we often use similar crappy test data, and it’s not unusual for some to use things they find amusing to break the monotony of the task.

    One of the funniest I heard was a bank in England which sent out an email to it’s premium clients beginning, “Dear Rich Bastard”… LOL

  34. James

    The problem is not necessarily with sub-editors. Graphic designers are usually responsible for producing image-based pages like that. They put in dummy text which is then passed to subs for updating. Obviously in this case the subs were bypassed. Fairfax is not unique in producing silly headlines, this kind of thing happens all the time at News Ltd’s online sites, e.g. http://t.co/jlyRT57ENv

  35. Tom

    Just as you never, EVER swear in a radio studio, even when you think the mikes are off — in case they’re on — you NEVER EVER put jokes or profanities into a newspaper production template. Professionals know that. Having destroyed the circulation of its major mastheads/advertising revenue earners by turning the content into unreadable junk the middle classes will no longer buy, Fauxfacts has decided it can no longer afford professional sub-editors. Talk about amateurs who’ve got the whole equation arse-about.

  36. egg_

    Looks like an unFinished Review review prior to printing?

  37. Streetcred

    #1279588, Tom posted on April 25, 2014 at 2:06 pm
    ————–

    That’ a bitch when the socialist newspaper screws its own socialist journalists’ union … what is a socialist to do ? Work with their members to keep it all quiet ?

  38. Notafan

    Where’s the love from Labor for the soon to be retrenched? Why aren’t they demanding immediate action from Mr Abbott.
    And what about all those eager young journalism graduates being churned out at Deakin and the like?
    Where will they go, what will they do?

  39. Rabz

    Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!

    :) :)

  40. Rabz

    FFS, if Fauxfacts didn’t exist, satirists would have had to invent it.

    Comedy Gold.

    :)

  41. Fleeced

    As new memes go, #worldisfukt is not going anywhere any time soon.

  42. harrys on the boat

    For me this just sums up the shithole that is the MSM.

  43. stackja

    Australian Financial Review Editor Michael Stutchbury apologised to readers in Western Australia, where the edition was accidentally sent to press.

    And Michael Stutchbury should have resigned. Well the responsibility is his.

  44. Fisky

    In an email response to a series of questions posed by The Australian, Mr Stutchbury blamed the problem on a “simple error” that led to an “extremely bad result”.

    No, what it really demonstrates is the Far Left ideology of the Fairfax staff. “World is fukt” is a revealing insight into how these people really think.

  45. Up The Workers!

    Michael Stutchbury is to newspaper editing, what the comically innumerate Wayne Goose was to adding up and deficit-prevention; or what Professor Juliar was to elocution and honesty; or what Alwaysleazy Albanese is to morality and fine dental work; or what Chris Bowen is to border protection and the conduct of swimming lessons in the Timor Sea; or what Short Willy is to marital fidelity and the selection of career-enhancing mothers-in-law; or what Peter Garrett is to roof insulation installers; or what Kevin Rudd is to the alleged sexual partners of Chinese rats.

    In other words, “Fauxfacts is Fukt”.

    Even if it HAD any readership, its Editor is evidently more illiterate than even THEY are!

  46. Fisky

    Anyone who claims the mere acquisition and retooling of defence hardware after years of neglect means the world is “fukt” is not a moderate. That’s the Far Left position.

  47. Menai Pete

    Unfortunately, the decline in printing trades caused by the pervasive effect that computer technology has had on the ancient, tried and true arts of typesetting, composition, typography and newspaper layout and design (developed over 500 years) has been met with a commensurate rise in the influence of journalists and accountants over the technical and production aspects of newspaper publishing.
    This is the result when you let amateurs play with technology without the benefit of the principles and science behind the application of that technology to the real world.

  48. The real outrage is the fact the sub-headers couldn’t even spell “World is fucked” properly.

  49. blogstrop

    Gallipolli? As my mum used to say (nearly), “a man on a galloping pollie wouldn’t notice”.

  50. Leo G

    Bumper Anzac edition? As in inebriated ex-serviceman?
    Telling.

  51. egg_

    In other words, “Fauxfacts is Fukt”.

    Fukfacts… spin a good yarn?

  52. Leo G

    In other words, “Fauxfacts is Fukt”.

    Fairfax Unmanned Kamikaze Typography

  53. Armadillo

    Fairfax might have a bigger problem than a screwed up page in WA.

    http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/42291#.U1mKylf4LBY

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