Editor Armstrong leaves The West

PAUL Armstrong’s reign as editor of the West Australian has ended, rounding out a top-level overhaul at the paper’s mother company, West Australian Newspapers.

The change represents the eight editor switch in major Australian newspapers in the last twelve months.

Recently appointed editor-in-chief Bob Cronin will edit the paper while a replacement is found, the company said in a statement.

Mr Cronin rejoined the publisher in December after occupying the same role over a decade ago. The announcement of his return came a day after Chris Wharton joined as chief executive, replacing former PANPA board member Ken Steinke.

The management update followed sweeping changes at board level revolving around Seven Network boss Kerry Stokes, who became chairman last month.

Mr Armstrong’s future had become clouded since the arrival of Mr Stokes, who had been critical of the editor previously, The Australian reported.

Other prominent newspapers to change editors in the last year include Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald; the Herald Sun, Sunday Herald Sun and The Age in Melbourne; The Sunday Mail in Adelaide and the Canberra Times.

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