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Panpa Bulletin : April 2007
36 PANPA Bulletin April 2007 people Chetwin moves to Consumer Institute By Warren Page Sue Chetwin, 48, the only person to have served as editor of New Zealand's three Sunday newspapers, has been appointed head of the Consumers' Institute. At time of the appointment Chetwin was editorial business manager for APN's New Zealand Magazines, publishers of the New Zealand Woman's Weekly and the New Zealand Listener, among others. While at the then Evening Post in Wellington, Chetwin was awarded a 1992 Harry Brittain Fellowship to study news- papers in the United Kingdom. After switching from reporting to sub-editing Chetwin rose quickly and eventually became editor of the tabloid Sunday News (during which time she dropped that newspaper's escort agency and massage parlour advertisements) then the INL stable-mate and more seri- ous broadsheet Sunday Star-Times. Later Chetwin edited the rival APN newcomer, Herald on Sunday. Goodbye "mad Frank" Idiosyncratic and controversial New Zealand editorial executive and columnist Frank Haden, 77, died March 5 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Haden, once known as "mad Frank", is remembered for his extreme, strongly expressed pronouncements and personal views including his belief that telephones were for him to use, not for other people to use to telephone him. During his editorship of the Sunday Times Haden would stuff his ringing telephone into his desk's top drawer. A former colleague, Karl du Fresne wrote in an obituary published in Wellington's The Dominion Post, which Haden as editorial ex- ecutive could be maddeningly exasperating to work with. Yet he enjoyed the affection of most of his colleagues and was a valued mentor to some of the country's best-known journalists. Du Fresne described Haden as an ir- repressible enthusiast. His response to most things: "marvelous" and "bastards". Haden began his journalistic career at the Christchurch daily, The Press. He was to become a risk-taking editor of the tabloid Sunday Times, editor of the then waning Auckland Star, assistant editor of Wellington's The Dominion and then a heavy punching columnist who later switched to columns about words and language. Although the cancer was diagnosed in 1998, Haden revealed his condition publicly only last December when it forced him to give up his columns. Frank Haden John Allan, most recently a publish- ing director for the Federal Publishing Company, (as profiled on p.29), has been appointed general manager for online integration at News Limited Community Newspapers. Announcing the appointment, News Limited Community Newspapers managing director Mark Elgood said that in the new role Allan will play a vital role in ensuring that the company is as competitive in the online space as it is in newspapers. "The breadth and depth of our com- munity engagement has been achieved through the connection our newspa- pers have with their readers and adver- tisers in their respective markets and it is this unique relationship which needs to be reflected and leveraged online," he said. "John will be charged with the respon- sibility of ensuring our newspapers are capitalising on the opportunities pre- sented by the internet, with a significant focus on integrating our on page offer- ing with our established on line brands such as realestate.com.au, careerone. com.au, truelocal.com.au and carsguide. com.au. " Allan has joined News Limited Community Newspapers from the Federal Publishing Company Community Media Group where he was group pub- lishing director, leading their retail and agency advertising, editorial and market- ing teams for all Courier and Commuter titles. He was instrumental in the re- launch of the Wentworth, Southern, and Inner West Couriers as well as the launch of the North Side Courier in September 2006. Allan also led the expansion plans of Village Voice publications and worked closely with FPC Interactive on the devel- opment of villagevoice.com.au. Prior to joining FPC Allan was publisher for three years at Melbourne Magazine and spent five years with Fairfax Media in various roles in Sydney and Melbourne including publisher of newspaper in- serted magazines, group advertising di- rector for metropolitan daily newspapers (Sydney Morning Herald, Sun-Herald, The Age and Sunday Age) and associate publisher of The Age. Before joining Fairfax, Allan worked with News Limited in Melbourne for three years as an advertising manager with the Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun. Allan joins NLCN John Allan