The ABC has fired the latest shot in its increasingly bitter stoush with News Corporation Australia by hiring one of The Australian's most senior journalists to manage its media relations.
The Australian's media editor Nick Leys, who wrote the paper's media diary column for two and a half years, has resigned from the company and will begin his new job as ABC media manager in March.
Leys' predecessor in the role, Sally Cray, left the ABC after the last federal election to become a senior advisor to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
In his new role, Leys will have primary responsibility for fielding media inquiries and selling the ABC's message.
The Australian ramped up its criticism of the ABC last week by calling for the ABC's managing director Mark Scott to resign.
The ABC has come under fire from The Australian and other News Corp publications for prominently reporting allegations that the Royal Australian Navy had caused asylum seekers to burn their hands.
On Monday, Paul Barry, the host of ABC TV's Media Watch, said the ABC had overblown the claims, which have been denied by the navy, and called on the broadcaster to admit it got it wrong.
As well as The Australian, Leys has previously worked for the Herald Sun, The Sydney Morning Herald and as a journalist on Media Watch.