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Two new daily editors named

Matt Deighton, the editor of the Mercury in Hobart, will take the reins of Adelaide’s The Advertiser, replacing Sam Weir, and Ben English has been appointed editor of The Gold Coast Bulletin in moves announced today by News Corp Australia.

Mr Deighton has been editor of the Mercury for the past four years. He also was editor-in-chief of Adelaide’s Messenger community newspapers for five years, in that time earning the group two PANPA Newspaper of the Year awards.

Mr Weir takes over The Courier-Mail, replacing Lachlan Heywood, who resigned earlier this month after 20 years at News Corp Australia.

Mr English will move from Townsville head up the Gold Coast Bulletin. He has held a number of positions during his time at News, including deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph and European bureau chief.

News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said Mr English’s wide experience made him an ideal choice as the Gold Coast prepared for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

The current Gold Coast Bulletin editor, Scott Thompson, will be leaving the company for personal reasons after 15 years.

In that time, he led the Cairns Post, Quest Community Newspapers, The Sunday Mail and was executive editor, Queensland regionals. Mr Thompson also earned one of the company’s most prestigious awards, the News Corp Global Excellence Award.

News’ will announce new editors for the Mercury and Townsville Bulletin soon.

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