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Panpa Bulletin : February 2007
PANPA Bulletin February 2007 NEWS 8 BY JACK BEVERLEY Peter Blunden, the editor-in-chief of News Limited’s Melbourne operation, The Herald and Weekly Times (HWT), has been appointed deputy managing di- rector of the company, positioning him to succeed managing director Julian Clarke at the end of this year. Blunden’s replacement as editor-in- chief of The Herald Sun, Australia’s top- selling daily and the winner of PANPA’s coveted Newspaper of the Year award for the last two years, is Bruce Guthrie, a former editor of the tabloid’s Melbourne rival, Fairfax Media’s broadsheet, The Age. Guthrie, who did a three year stint at The Age during the Kennett years, moves up from being editor of The Weekend Australian Magazine. In another top-level change announced by News Limited chairman and chief executive John Hartigan, Tony Yianni has taken over as managing director of Dav- ies Brothers, the Hobart-based company which publishes The Mercury, The Saturday Mercury, The Sunday Tasmanian, Tasmanian Country, Treasure Island and The Gazette. Yianni has been managing director of the Fiji Times since 2001. Former managing director Rex Gardner will be returning to the company “in a role yet to be decided after taking an extended break,” said the News Lim- ited statement. In announcing the Melbourne changes, Hartigan praised the contributions that Clarke and Blunden had made to the success of the HWT operations. “Julian is one of our longest serving and most successful directors,” he said. “There will be much to say about his distinguished career closer to his retirement, but in the meantime I am delighted that his success is in such capable hands. “Under Peter Blunden’s leadership, the Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun have become not only Australia’s two most successful newspapers but also, pound for pound, two of the most successful newspapers in the world. “Peter is without doubt one of Australia’s great newspapermen and I have every confdence that he will lead The Herald and Weekly Times to greater heights over the coming years.” Hartigan said Guthrie was a natural appointment as editor-in-chief of the Herald Sun. “Bruce has an instinctive understanding of what matters to our readers and this, combined with extensive newspaper and magazine experience here and abroad makes him ideally suited to the editorship,” he said. Commenting on the new appoint- ments, Julian Clarke said he was thrilled to be able to strengthen the management team with Blunden’s appointment as his deputy. “The plans ahead of this year are very exciting and having Peter alongside makes those bold plans all the more achievable. “Of course, Peter leaves a big hole as editor-in-chief but Bruce Guthrie brings a wealth of experience to the job and undoubtedly will succeed in taking Australia’s number one newspaper to its next level.” He could think of nobody better than Peter to take over the reins of the com- pany at the end of the year – “it gives me great satisfaction to have our transition plans so well in place”. Blunden began his career with News Limited in Sydney in 1976. After postings in Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra for The Australian, he was appointed the paper’s chief of staff in 1985 and then assistant editor in 1987 Having founded The Australian Maga- zine in 1988, he became editor of The Ad- vertiser in Adelaide in 1990. In early 1996 he was appointed editor of the Herald Sun, and in 2001 was promoted to the role of editor in chief, Herald and Weekly Times. Guthrie began his career as a copyboy at The Herald in Melbourne in 1971. After completing a cadetship, he worked in a variety of reporting roles for the paper until 1985, when he was appointed the group’s Los Angeles correspondent. In 1987 he returned to Australia and became editor of The Herald, leaving two years later to help launch the Sunday Age. Guthrie was appointed editor of that paper in 1992, and editor of The Age in 1995. He joined Times Inc as a senior editor at People magazine in New York in 1998, and became editor of Who Weekly a year later. By 2003 he was editorial director of Time Inc Magazines Australia. In 2004 he returned to News Limited as editor of The Weekend Australian Maga- zine and since October, 2005, has also been editor in chief of Wish Magazine. In announcing the appointment of Tony Yianni as managing director of Davies Brothers, John Hartigan paid tribute to the work of Rex Gardner. “Rex has done a terrifc job in Hobart, modernising the company,” he said. “We thank him for his hard work and look for- ward to his return.” Hartigan said Yianni, with more than 30 years service, would bring great knowl- edge to his new role at Hobart, in par- ticular from his time as managing director of the Fiji Times in recent years. This had included “fghting for press freedom in po- tentially life-threatening circumstances”. Yianni said that he was sad at leaving Fiji “as the turmoil of the moment was one of the most exciting times to be in news- papers and the staff were so wonderful to work with.” The new MD of Davies Brothers began his career with News Limited in 1976 as an advertising representative on The Austral- ian. He subsequently held various sales positions on the paper. In 1990 he moved to Papua New Guinea as advertising manager for the Post-Courier. He returned to Australia in 1993, taking the same role at the Townsville Bulletin, being promoted to circulation manager and then national sales manag- er of parent North Queensland Newspaper Company in 1995 and 1996 respectively. Yianni moved back to PNG in 1997 as deputy general manager of the Post-Courier. He became the paper’s managing director a year later. He moved to Fiji in 2001 and is being succeed- ed there by his deputy, Evan Hannah. Big moves at HWT Former managing director Rex Gardner will be returning to the company "inaroleyettobe decided after taking an extended break,” said the News Limited statement.
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