News gives metros hyper-local power

A SIGNIFICANT editorial shake-up has been announced by News Ltd this evening (Tuesday).

It would appear senior journalists from local newspaper groups have moved to metropolitan papers; perhaps in part to encourage a so-called hyper-local focus.

Its chairman and chief executive, John Hartigan, has made five appointments in the senior editorial ranks.
They are:

o Toni Hetherington, currently editor-in-chief of Leader Newspapers in Victoria, has been promoted to deputy editor of the Sunday Herald Sun;

o John Trevorrow, currently managing editor of the Herald and Weekly Times group, will take over as Leader’s editor-in-chief;

o Scott Thompson, currently editor-in-chief at Quest Newspapers in Queensland, becomes deputy editor of The Sunday Mail in Brisbane;

o Sue McVay, now deputy editor of the Sunday Mail, will take up the new position of managing editor for both The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail;

o Neil Melloy executive editor at The Courier-Mail, is to be editor-in-chief at Quest.

“Community connection is key to the future of vibrant and successful newspapers,” said Mr Hartigan in reference to the appointments of Scott Thompson and Toni Hetherington.

“In turn, John Trevorrow and Neil Melloy bring a wealth of daily newspaper experience to the Leader and Quest groups, ensuring they will continue to thrive in their regions.”

Mr Hartigan also praised Sue McVay for managing to juggle two roles – deputy editor and managing editor – at The Sunday Mail for the past 10 months.

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