News Corp Australia has established a new editorial operating model, with a newly appointed board tasked with driving the company’s editorial direction, optimising operations and increasing commercial returns.
The board will consist of several senior editors from around the country who will work collaboratively to best utilise News’ assets and streamline outputs, providing the company a clear direction as it enters the new financial year.
In a note to staff this morning, News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said the goal of the board was to “reshape editorial structures and its thinking on equipping newsrooms to focus on premium journalism and growth areas”.
Peter Blunden, the Victorian managing director – editorial, will be the board’s inaugural chairman.
Other board members include Paul Whittaker, editor-in-chief of The Australian; Chris Dore, editor of The Daily Telegraph; Mel Mansell, editorial director SA, NT & Tasmania; Sam Weir, editor of The Courier-Mail; and Mick Carroll, editor of The Sunday Telegraph.
Mr Mansell’s position on the board is to represent the company’s regional mastheads, while Mr Carroll is to represent Sunday outputs.
Additionally, Glenn Stanaway has been appointed group managing editor and will work closely with the board to help implement initiatives and ensure newsrooms are adequately resourced. He will continue to represent News Corp Australia on the Australian Press Council.
The company recently underwent a revaluation of its editorial approach following the expansion of Campbell Reid’s role to include corporate affairs, policy and government relations management for both News Corp Australia and Fox Sports.