Paul Whittaker, editor-in-chief of The Australian, will take on the role of chief executive of Australian News Channel – owner of Sky News Live, Sky News Weather, Sky News extra, FOX SPORTS News and Your Money channel –touching off a number of senior editorial changes at News Corp Australia.
The appointments were announced today by News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller.
Mr Whittaker will replace Angelos Frangopoulos, who has been appointed CEO and managing editor of Sky News Arabia.
Mr Miller said the appointment of Mr Whittaker to Sky “recognises Paul’s extensive and proven journalistic leadership and his intimate understanding of the Australian political, business and evolving media landscape, as well as what drives and engages audiences”.
“His appointment ensures Sky News has the leadership to grow the audiences and business from the foundations built by Angelos,” he said.
After a 30-year career at News, including 12 years as a senior daily newspaper editor, Mr Whittaker is excited about the future collaboration between Sky News and News’ brands.
“The opportunities ahead to continue to build on that success and further develop Sky News, in collaboration with the best journalistic talent from News Corp’s network of news brands, are many and I am determined that we will work together to make the best even better.“
Mr Whittaker’s move was announced alongside a number of other appointments within News’ senior editorial team,
Christopher Dore, editor of The Daily Telegraph, will replace Whittaker as editor-in-chief of The Australian.
Editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin, Ben English, has been appointed The Daily Telegraph’s new editor, while Rachel Hancock, current deputy editor of the Courier-Mail will assume Mr English’s outgoing role.
Mr Miller said: “I congratulate Paul, Christopher, Ben and Rachel on their new appointments. They are each highly talented editors with experience leading news operations with multiple mastheads, breaking news across a variety of platforms, growing digital subscribers, campaigning for the issues that matter to their audiences, and in addition, each understand the responsibilities and the values required to serve their communities.”