Five editors rise as Guthrie moves on

THE sudden departure of Herald Sun editor-in-chief Bruce Guthrie has caused a chain reaction of promotions for editors within News Ltd’s ranks.

Mr Guthrie’s exit paves the way for Phil Gardner to become editor-in-chief of the Herald & Weekly Times publishing house, which in turn allows Megan Lloyd to take Mr Gardner’s seat as editor of the Sunday Mail in Adelaide.

Ms Lloyd’s vacancy as editor-in-chief at Adelaide’s Messenger Community Newspapers will be filled by her current deputy, Matt Deighton.

Back in Melbourne, current Sunday Herald Sun editor Simon Pristel will take on the same role at the Herald Sun, while the daily’s deputy editor, Damon Johnston, heads the other way to become editor at the Sunday newspaper.


Herald & Weekly Times Editor-in-Chief Phil Gardner
Herald Sun Editor
Simon Pristel
Sunday Herald Sun Editor
Damon Johnston
Sunday Mail Editor-in-Chief
Megan Lloyd
Messenger Editor-in-Chief
Matt Deighton

The major reshuffle was initiated yesterday afternoon with the removal of Mr Guthrie, the editor-in-chief of the Melbourne-based Herald Sun, the PANPA Newspaper of the Year.

Bruce Guthrie, outgoing editor-in-chief

Bruce Guthrie, outgoing editor-in-chief at Herald and Weekly Times

The changes come a week after the Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, Mr Rupert Murdoch, arrived in Australia, giving a series of Boyer Lectures, run by the country’s national broadcaster, the ABC.

The decision was taken by the managing director of HWT, Mr Peter Blunden. Mr Blunden was the previous and successful editor-in-chief of the Herald Sun, Australia highest-circulating newspaper.

Mr Guthrie has a successful media career since starting for the now-closed HWT afternoon newspaper, The Herald. He was the first deputy editor of The Sunday Age, which launched in 1989 and was editor of The Age in the mid-90s. Mr Gardner has run the Adelaide Sunday Mail since 2003.

The Chairman and Chief Executive of News Ltd, John Hartigan, is reported in the Herald Sun today as saying: “Phil, Simon and Damon all have outstanding credentials and strong personal affiliations with Melbourne and Victoria, and I am confident they will help our mastheads forge a new era of growth in print and across digital platforms.”

Mr Guthrie’s removal follows similar action at HWT’s arch rival, The Age, which replaced its own editor-in-chief, Andrew Jaspan, with Paul Ramadge in September.

Simon Pristel, new Herald Sun editor

Simon Pristel, new Herald Sun editor, collecting Sunday Newspaper of the Year from Norske Skog's Andrew Leighton


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