News Corp Australia chief executive Julian Clarke has announced the appointments of Andrew Holman as editor of the Sunday Mail in Adelaide and Matt Deighton as editor of the Mercury in Hobart.
Mr Holman is currently the editor of the Mercury and Mr Deighton, an assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph, will replace him in Hobart.
Mr Holman, originally from Adelaide’s western suburbs, returns to his home city after a number of senior News postings, including as editor of The Cairns Post. He replaces David Penberthy, who resigned from the Sunday Mail to take up a position in Adelaide radio, although he still writes a column for the group.
Mr Clarke said that after 22 years in Adelaide Mr Holman understood the South Australian audience like few others. “Since becoming an editor, he has made a real mark in his communities,” he said.
“Andrew has been recognised at our own News Awards, winning Regional Newspaper of the Year at The Cairns Post and being highly commended in the Newspaper of the Year category for his leadership of the Mercury.”
Mr Holman said he was truly excited about returning to Adelaide in what was a challenging and exciting time in the print and digital media landscape.
“As an institution, the Sunday Mail is an integral part of the fabric of South Australia,” he said.
“In 1974 I was given my first taste of journalism as a part-time copy person for the Sunday Mail on North Terrace where, as a schoolboy, I was in awe of many of the characters and personalities on the paper.
“To return there as editor is not only an honour, but the realisation of a life-long dream,” he said.
Mr Deighton served as editor-in-chief of the Messenger Community Newspaper group in South Australia prior to his appointment to The Daily Telegraph in Sydney.
Mr Clarke said Mr Deighton’s efforts were duly recognised with Messenger titles twice winning Newspaper of the Year in their category at the PANPA awards, and taking home many of South Australia’s top media awards.
Mr Deighton said he was thrilled at the opportunity to edit the Mercury.
”I think my absolute passion for community journalism, combined with my experience at the coal face of metro papers, stands me in good stead to edit the Mercury. I look forward to carrying on the excellent work of Andrew and his team and continuing to grow the Mercury brand across all platforms,” he said.
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