The Australian editor Clive Mathieson resigns to join Mike Baird’s office as strategic advisor

Mathiesen steps down as editor of The Australian

Mathieson resigns as editor of The Australian

Clive Mathieson, editor of The Australian, has resigned from the role after nearly five years to take on a role as a senior strategic advisor for NSW Premier Mike Baird.

Mathieson confirmed to Mumbrella he was departing the company, ending his almost-five year tenure as editor. He first joined News Corp’s national broadsheet in July 2002 and was made editor of the newspaper in April 2011. Previously he spent three years at The Times in London.

He will join the office of Mike Baird as director of economic, infrastructure and state priorities, according to a report in The Australian.

Mathieson was thought to be a strong contender for The Australian’s editor-in-chief role, which went to Paul Whittaker in the wake of Chris Mitchell’s resignation at the end of last year.

According to the story in The Australian, staff were told via email by Whittaker.

“Clive has been a loyal and trusted colleague, and on a personal level I will miss his support and absolute commitment,” said Whittaker.

Mathieson will leave the newspaper at the end of the month.

Mathieson told the Australian: “The Australian is, and always will be, the nation’s best newspaper with the finest stable of journalists,” he said. “To be involved at a senior [level] has been a privilege and I wish Paul and my dedicated colleagues every success in the future.”

A new editor will be appointed in “due course”.


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