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Panpa Bulletin : March 2007
1 2 people Upward moves at The Australian Paul Whittaker has been appointed editor of The Australian and Nick Cater, the editor of The Weekend Australian. Whittaker, formerly deputy news editor, and Cater, for- merly deputy editor (weekend) assumed their new roles on February 28. Announcing the promo- tions, The Australian editor- in-chief Chris Mitchell, said Whittaker and Cater were both enormously experienced, hard-driving journalists. Paul Whittaker, two-time Walkley Award winner for investigative reporting, started his career as a cadet reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1987. He joined the Courier-Mail in Brisbane in 1988, and after postings as the paper's Gold Coast correspondent (1989- 90) and Cairns Bureau Chief (1990-91), he was appointed News Limited's Los Angeles Correspondent in 1992. He returned to the Courier- Mail in 1995 as associate editor (investigations), before heading back overseas in 1997, this time to London as a reporter for The Times and The Sunday Times. In 1998 he returned to Australia, taking the role of group inves- tigations editor across News Limited Group newspapers. In 2000, he was appointed deputy chief of staff of the Courier-Mail, becoming its chief of staff in 2001 and then news editor in 2003. In 2004, Whittaker joined The Australian as its national chief of staff, taking up the role of deputy news editor in 2006. Nick Cater started his career at the BBC World Service in 1981. Between 1983-86 he was a producer in Channel Seven's London Bureau and from 1986- 89 was a television journalist at the BBC. He moved to Australia in 1989, joining Adelaide's The Advertiser as a reporter. He was News Limited's Asia correspondent between 1993 and 1996 and them moved back to Australia and was ap- pointed News Limited's bureau chief in the Canberra Press Gallery. In 1997 he moved to Sydney, becoming assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph, before taking the deputy edi- torship of the Sunday Telegraph in 2001. In 2004, Cater moved to The Australian where he was re- sponsible for its redesign a year later. He was the driving force behind last year's relaunch of The Australian Literary Review and is a member of its editorial advisory board. He was appoint- ed to the position of deputy editor (weekend) in 2006. McGourty now deputy editor John McGourty has been appointed deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph. McGourty, who was previously assistant editor, assumed his new role on March 5. Announcing McGourty's promotion, Daily Telegraph editor David Penberthy said his work both in features and news had already taken The Daily Telegraph to a new level. "His leadership in the redesign of Saturday's paper, particularly with the launch ofthe new Weekend section, has seen us achieve genuine circulation gains." McGourty has been The Daily Telegraph assistant editor (fea- tures) for three years. He joined The Daily Telegraph in 2000 and has worked as Saturday editor and night editor.