New editors move in, old editors move on

FAIRFAX Media has shuffled its deck in its metropolitan business divisions while former Sydney Morning Herald editor Alan Oakley has returned to News Limited as both companies seek to improve the quality of their content.

Meanwhile, the Whyalla News has appointed a new editor, and the Dominion Post’s Tim Pankhurst has left that role to head up New Zealand’s peak newspaper industry bodies.

New business editors have been appointed at the Herald and it’s Melbourne sister, The Age, as Fairfax management seek more collaboration between the two under a new national structure, The Australian reported.

Michael West is the new business editor in Sydney and Kirsty Simpson rises from deputy to take on The Age role. A new national chief of staff will be appointed to more efficiently deploy journalists and columnists, avoiding double ups and improving the overall coverage of national topics.

Mr Oakley has been appointed national editor, features at News Ltd, where he rose through the ranks before leaving for Fairfax in 2000.

“This new role presents a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the transformation of media in Australia and working in a company that has a clear view of its strategic direction and goals,” Mr Oakley said.

Craig Treloar, previously of the Murray Pioneer, has joined South Australia’s Whyalla News as editor.

“Whyalla is a friendly, proud and thriving community which I am very excited to be a part of,” Mr Treloar said on the paper’s website.

Dominion Post editor Tim Pankhurst last week resigned to pursue the challenge of steering New Zealand’s Newspaper Publishers’ Association, which also controls the Newspaper Advertising Bureau and the New Zealand Press Association.

He begins as chief executive of the association next month.

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