Brett Clegg quits as deputy CEO of The Australian for Fairfax role

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Brett Clegg

Brett Clegg has quit as deputy CEO of The Australian after less than two months in the role.

According to Caroline Overington of The Australian, Clegg is moving back to his former role at Fairfax Media, although this morning it was not immediately clear what the role is. Mumbrella understands that he tendered his resignation to News Ltd over the weekend.

Clegg joined The Australian last June as deputy editor after nearly a decade with Fairfax Media’s Australian Financial Review.  

Earlier this year it was reported that Clegg had been offered the job of running the Financial Review Group, a role which is currently held by Michael Gill.

In an interview published last week, Gill was asked  by Mumbrella editor Tim Burrowes about the rumours of his job being offered to Clegg. In the interview, Gill raised doubts about whether the offer was true, saying: “It seems to me that kind of proposition is pretty interesting because the person they are talking about appears to have taken a number two job running The Australian which loses $70 million a year, rather than take, on his account, a job with a business that’s pretty healthy.’’

When Clegg’s appointment as deputy chief executive was announced, News Ltd said he would be responsible for for day-to-day commercial operations  including sales, marketing, operations, circulation, digital and events.

At the time of posting, neither News Ltd or Fairfax Media could be reached for comment.


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