Qld commentator ‘ends’ News Corp roles after plagiarism scandal

News Corp commentator Peter Gleeson has “ended his roles” at The Courier-Mail 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 on Thursday, The Courier-Mail broke the news that Gleeson had “ended his roles at The Courier-Mail and Sky News”.

The tabloid emphasized how Gleeson had written a personal note to The Courier-Mail editor, Chris Jones, in which he reportedly said: “I apologize for breaching News Corp’s Code of Conduct and instances where I have not met the standards required.”

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

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

In the weeks that followed, other examples of plagiarism were made public on social media, and Gleeson took leave.

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-Mail🇧🇷

It was also unclear whether Gleeson would retain any role with News Corp. The Courier-Mail reported him describing it as “a fantastic company for which I have the greatest respect”.

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