Garry Linnell, editor of the Daily Telegraph, is leaving the paper. He is to be replaced by Paul Whittaker, currently editor of The Australian.
News Limited would not comment on the reasons for Linnell’s departure, saying he was leaving “to pursue other interests.”
News Limited chairman and chief executive John Hartigan said that he regretted Linnell’s exit. “Garry is one of the finest journalists in Australia, certainly one of the finest writers. He has distinguished himself in newspaper, magazine and television journalism with his noted prose style earning him the respect of colleagues and the admiration of many readers as well as a Walkley Award in 1998 for feature writing.”
Linnell joined the paper in 2008 from Nine Network’s news and current affairs division, which he headed up. Before Nine, he was editor in chief of The Bulletin for a four-year stint.
Replacing Whittaker, who has been editor of The Australian since 2007, is Clive Mathieson, who is promoted from deputy editor.
In another move at News, a new role has been created for Alan Oakley, currently group executive editor of digital platforms. Oakley has been handed the role of editorial strategy director of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.
Hartigan commented: “These appointments signal further significant changes in the way we produce journalism for a bigger audience, on more platforms. The way we organise and run our newsrooms, how we connect with readers and the tone and content of what we create are all changing and these appointments will give us the impetus we need to make that happen.”