Monday, July 5, 2010

End of an era

I can't believe I've been chopped from the sports team. Photo nicksellsphotography, who's also been cut.
My match reports in tomorrow's Phnom Penh Post from Sunday's C-League games will be the end of an era. I've been chopped from the Post's sports reporting team in a cost-cutting exercise, now that they have a new Editor and he's demanding changes. Looks like more international sport, and considerably less local coverage (or in short, sharp chunks anyway) will be the new order at the Post. Well that's how its been explained to me. It's a shame for a number of reasons. The pay was a nice earner for sure, but reporting on the local football scene and particularly the national team was and is important. Before I stuck my oar in, there was virtually nothing in the PPP at all on local professional football. Over the past year and more, the football coverage has mushroomed, and now it sounds like the people in charge have decided its time to cut back. I'll still attend the games until the end of the current season and will then reconsider the future. Covering the matches religiously for the Post every Saturday and Sunday means that my weekends have not been my own during the football season, and it would be nice to get them back. I must remember to cross Sports Reporter off my CV.



Blogger Fusion/Khjar Dumbri/Scorpion said...

Sad and a little short sited I feel but new brooms we have all felt..

July 6, 2010 at 7:05 AM  
Anonymous James said...

They had an interview with one of the new Chairman or Editors recently where they said that the Post wasn't "commercially viable" yet so maybe that is the reason they have to cut down.

I think it is a mistake to focus on international news because readers want to find out about whats going on in Cambodia.

For international news people can check via the internet, no point reading one or two day old news.

Maybe you can get a column in the Daily instead?

July 6, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Well at the moment the Daily doesn't focus on sport at all. I'll pitch the idea to them!

July 6, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

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