Damon Johnston has stepped up as editor of Victoria’s Herald Sun following today’s departure of Simon Pristell, News Limited has announced.
Johnston was previously editor of the Sunday Herald Sun. Phil Gardner remains as editor-in-chief across both titles with an added remit to drive the move of the two newsrooms into a seven day operation.
News Limited CEO Kim Williams said in a statement: “I have previously announced that Peter Blunden has taken on a new role of managing director editorial for Victoria, a position which reflects the importance of the Herald & Weekly Times titles, Herald Sun, the Sunday Herald Sun, The Weekly Times, Leader Community Newspapers and The Geelong Advertiser to our company.
”Damon’s new role will see him bring his considerable journalistic strengths, experience and energy to Australia’s biggest selling daily masthead as it continues to develop and build its digital future.
“Peter and Damon have a long and close working relationship and I look forward to their editorial drive taking our publications to a new level.”