News executive to head Copyright Agency

Adam Suckling has resigned from his corporate relations role at News Corp Australia to become CEO of the Copyright Agency.

Adam-Suckling

Adam Suckling. Photo: supplied

The move, announced by News chief executive Julian Clarke on Wednesday, ends 13 years at the company for Mr Suckling, who was director of policy, corporate affairs and community relations.

Mr Suckling started at Foxtel, in which News now holds a 50 per cent stake, in 2002.

In the following 10 years he worked closely with then Foxtel CEO Kim Williams, who went on to become CEO of News Corp Australia. In 2012, Mr Suckling was poached by Mr Williams to lead the corporate affairs department.

He began his career as a research assistant to then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, and prior to Foxtel he also worked for Telstra, Optus and PR consultancy Turnbull Fox Phillips.

Mr Suckling’s new role at the not-for-profit Copyright Agency will put him in charge of the body responsible for licencing text and images for writers, artists and publishers.

New roles at The Australian

Meanwhile at The Australian, financial writer Alan Kohler has been appointed to the newly created role of business editor-at-large.

He will continue as a commentator for the paper and will work with business editor Eric Johnston and the senior leadership team on projects including the growing integration of The Australian and Business Spectator in print and digital.

Kohler has spent more than 40 years covering finance and economics, including a stint writing The Australian Financial Review’s Chanticleer column. He founded the Eureka Report investment newsletter and the Business Spectator news website and currently presents finance for ABC News.

Reporter Elizabeth Colman has returned to The Australian as industrial relations reporter after eight years in London writing for The Times, and former Australian Financial Review journalist Samantha Hutchinson joins the paper as property reporter.

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