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Panpa Bulletin : June 2006
PEOPLE 48 | PANPA BULLETIN June 2006 fairfax editorial director, Mark Scott has been named as the new managing director of the aBC. The fact that Scott has no direct broadcast experi- ence has been widely reported however Scott told the PANPA Bulletin that the convergence which char- acterises a modern media organisation means that Fairfax now produce video, audio, text and SMS infor- mation as well as traditional newspapers. In turn the ABC, known for video and audio, also produces 1.8 mil- lion text pages on its news site. "I do have knowledge of a modern media organisa- tion." Scott said. The Chairman of the ABC Mr Donald McDonald AO said the ABC Board had re- solved unanimously to ap- point Mr Scott for a five year term following a national and international search that produced an outstand- ing field of candidates. "Mr Scott is an exceptional media professional with a distinguished academic record and comes to the ABC from John Fairfax Publi- cations, where he is editorial director," Mr McDonald said. "The ABC is one of Australia's largest and most diverse me- dia organisations and in Mr Scott we have found some- one with the media experi- ence and drive necessary to take the ABC confidently into the digital media future. "The Board was particularly impressed with his combina- tion of editorial experience, management skills devel- oped in one of Australia's old- est and most distinguished media companies and his proven ability to respond to the challenges of a chang- ing media environment. At Fairfax, Scott has served in a range of senior roles over the past 10 years, including editor-in-chief of Metropoli- tan, Regional & Community Newspapers, which includ- ed The Sydney Morning Her- ald, Sun Herald, The Age and Sunday Age. His latest role included re- sponsibility for editorial di- rection and management of Fairfax newspapers, the pub- lication of its general maga- zines, along with Fairfax's expansion of its newsrooms into digital media through its successful websites smh. com.au and theage.com.au SpeakingtoPANPABulletin about leaving Fairfax, Scott says he feels he is departing a vibrant organisation: "Dav- id Kirk has brought energy to the organisation and has the backing of the Board. Oak- ley, Jaspan, McLean and Frey are four of the best editors in the world -- and all are at the top of their game. Mike Van Niekerk of smh.com.au has done outstanding work, these are the dominant sites. If I have to leave, at least it is in fine shape." Looking back on his years in publishing, Scott said: "I have been the happiest in the newsroom, talking about stories, talking to journalists, talking about great pictures, getting scoops. I've loved every day of the last 12 years. (The ABC appointment) is a great opportunity but it is bitter sweet." Scott to head ABC News Limited chairman and chief executive officer, John Hartigan an- nounced the appointment of Neil Breen as editor of The Sunday Tel- egraph. "Neil's appointment recognises his achievements as one of our best young editors and his potential to embrace a bigger role in charge of Australia's highest circulating news- paper," Hartigan said. Breen, 37, a Walkley Award win- ning journalist, began his career in Brisbane as a cadet on The Daily Sun and moved to The Courier-Mail in 1992 where he was chief police roundsman, assistant chief of staff and sports editor. In 1997 he moved to Sydney to become sports editor of The Australian. In early 2005, Breen was ap- pointed the first editor of News Lim- ited's Alpha magazine which was launched later the same year. "Neil has done an outstanding job in his previous roles, particularly as editor of Alpha, a new magazine that not only broke the mould in an intensely competitive category but achieved its circulation target of 200,000 sales from its first issue in July 2005 and has kept growing," said Hartigan . "Neil started with a blank sheet of paper, created the style and content of Alpha, recruited a great team of people and delivered outstanding results from launch. He is innova- tive, creative and knows how to at- tract new readers. "Alpha will celebrate its first birth- day this year with readership in ex- cess of half a million people. That's a great effort from a standing start less than a year ago. "At The Sunday Telegraph, Neil inherits one of Australia's most suc- cessful newspapers and the chal- lenge to make it even better with the aim of beating the record cir- culation and readership results this newspaper has achieved under Jeni O'Dowd." "This is the sort of role you dream about as a young journalist. At the same time it's an incredible respon- sibility. I am a great admirer of what Jeni has achieved with the paper so the challenge is both fantastic and intimidating," Breen said. "The Sunday Telegraph has be- come the clear leader in NSW be- cause it has a great team of people committed to its success and it's not stretching it to say that I'm honoured to be taking over as editor." Breen joins Sunday Telegraph as editor Patrick H. Avery has joined QuadTech as Director of Sales and Marketing. Avery brings to QuadTech more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience from tenures at Cooper Power Systems and ABB, where he focused on strategic planning, new business development, acquisitions and alliances, and staff develop- ment. "I joined QuadTech because I want to be at the epicentre of in- novation and product technology for printers," Avery comments. "I believe that the right balance of top and bottom line growth will enable us to foster an environment of crea- tivity and encourage our employees to put even greater focus on our cus- tomers." Avery holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and a Master of Management in MarketingandManagerialEconom- ics from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. QuadTech appoints new marketing director Neil Breen Mark Scott fairfaxphotos