Qld commentator ‘quits’ News Corp roles after plagiarism scandal

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News Corp commentator Peter Gleeson has “ended his roles” at The courier post and Sky News after plagiarizing several of his tabloid newspaper columns.

Gleeson, a former newspaper editor who had a roaming brief for the company in Queensland, had been on leave while his bosses decided how to respond to the plagiarism.

In a brief online post Thursday, The courier post broke the news that Gleeson had “quit his roles at The courier post and Sky News”.

The tabloid highlighted how Gleeson had written a personal note to The courier post editor, Chris Jones, in which he reportedly said, “I apologize for the breach of News Corp’s code of conduct and instances where I have not met the required standards.”

Gleeson had worked for News Corp for 34 years, including stints as editor of Sunday Mail, Gold Coast Bulletin and Townsville Bulletin.

His downfall began when respected Nine journalist Josh Bavas took to Twitter to question why, in a special report criticizing Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Gleeson had taken “word for word bits” from an article submitted by Bavas years earlier to ABC.

In the weeks that followed, other examples of plagiarism were published on social media and Gleeson took a leave of absence.

It was not immediately clear on Thursday who would take over Gleeson’s on-air role with Sky News or his column – which was titled Confidential Gleeso – in The courier post.

It was also unclear whether Gleeson would retain a role at News Corp. The courier post reported that he described it as “a great company that I have the utmost respect for”.

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