News

Australian Community Media boss John Angilley departs Fairfax Media after ten years

John Angilley, director of Fairfax Media’s Australian Community Media will depart the company after ten years.

The news comes a week after Angilley announced a proposal to cut six suburban Sydney newspapers and create a new magazine for some of the affected suburbs in early 2018. 

Angilley will leave the publishing giant after 10 years on Friday

Joining in 2007 as business and finance manager for NSW Communities, Newcastle and Illawarra, Angilley became finance director of the Financial Review Group two years later.

In 2011, Angilley took the role of chief operating officer of publishing and general manager for the Sydney region of Fairfax’s NSW Communities division. In 2013, he took on the role of director of business planning and analytics.

Angilley’s last few years at the company have seen him play a major part in the restructure Fairfax’s regional and community business.

The last three years at ACM has seen a complete overhaul of suburban titles, with redundancy rounds across The Hunter, Illawarra and South Coast, Victoria and in Canberra.

Under Angilley’s leadership, Canberra Times went from a print paper to a compact format, ditching to broadsheet style and cutting editorial positions across the ACT.

The Newcastle Herald also experienced a loss 69 full-time equivalent positions as part of the 18 month transformation and Sydney suburban papers have experienced cuts prior to this week – a loss of 25 full-time equivalent positions and 16 positions at The Land in 2015.

In a note to staff, Fairfax Media boss Greg Hywood said Angilley had decided it was the “right time to move onto his next challenge”.

John has done a terrific job as Director of ACM. He and his team have successfully delivered a program of change to create a more modern, more consolidated rural and regional publishing business. The results are a credit to John’s calm, determined and highly strategic leadership.

“We thank John for the contribution he has made to our business over the past decade in the various roles he has held,” Hywood wrote.

“John has done a terrific job as Director of ACM. He and his team have successfully delivered a program of change to create a more modern, more consolidated rural and regional publishing business. The results are a credit to John’s calm, determined and highly strategic leadership.

“We thank John for the contribution he has made to our business over the past decade in the various roles he has held.”

The proposed changes come a month after the departure of senior editorial executive Sean Aylmer from Fairfax Media’s metro division.

Separate to Australian Community Media Fairfax Media’s metro division axed 125 editorial jobs earlier this year as part of a $30m restructure to the business before unveiling its new commercial strategy.

Angilley finishes with Fairfax Media this Friday with his direct reports to deal with Allen Williams, managing director of publishing transition at Fairfax Media – a role which he began in February this year.

The full notice to staff:

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to let you know that after three years leading the significant transformation of our Australian Community Media business, John Angilley has decided the time is right to move on to his next challenge.

John has done a terrific job as Director of ACM. He and his team have successfully delivered a program of change to create a more modern, more consolidated rural and regional publishing business. The results are a credit to John’s calm, determined and highly strategic leadership.

We thank John for the contribution he has made to our business over the past decade in the various roles he has held.

John joined Fairfax in 2007 as Business and Finance Manager for NSW Communities, Newcastle and Illawarra. Two years later he became Finance Director of the Financial Review Group. In 2011, John was appointed Chief Operating Officer – Sydney Publishing and General Manager NSW Communities, and in 2013 he took on the role of Director of Business Planning & Analytics. John also played an important role in delivering the Fairfax of the Future program as an initiative lead.

We wish John all the very best for the future. He finishes up on November 17.

John’s direct reports will report to Allen Williams.

Regards,

Greg

ADVERTISEMENT

SUBSCRIBE

Sign up to our free daily update to get the latest in media and marketing