The Mail Online has hired another News Corp writer as it begins planting its roots down under: Maria Lewis, a reporter for The Daily Telegraph’s Sydney Confidential.
The appointment follows the move by news.com.au editor Luke McIlveen to the Mail Online Australia, revealed late last year.
It’s the first round of what is expected to be a string of new positions as the Daily Mail’s digital arm puts together an Australian edition in partnership with the Nine Network-owned Mi9.
Publisher Martin Clarke has said the Mail Online plans to hire 50 journalists for the new local team and already has acquired three for its showbiz section as of this week.
Mr Clarke is currently in the Australia interviewing potential writers from a reported bank of more than 200 applications.
The latest move comes as the Mail Online has begun noticeably ramping up Australian content on its main UK site, with stories on local identities from Kyle Sandilands to Lara Bingle.
Lewis has been at News Corp since 2012, and on the pages of Sydney Confidential since August.
As well as covering “all things film and entertainment” there, she hosted a film podcast, Pod Save Our Screen, and recently finished her debut novel, a mix of “horror, fantasy and mystery” titled Who’s Afraid?
Mail Online has not commented on Lewis’ move, but News Corp has confirmed that she has left the company.