Garry Bailey steps down from Mercury

Veteran Mercury editor Garry Bailey is to depart after ten years leading the Tasmanian newspaper and 42 years as a journalist, News Limited has announced.

He will be replaced by Andrew Holman, currently editor of The Cairns Post. Holman will also be in charge of the Sunday Tasmanian.

In turn, Neil Melloy, editor-in-chief at Quest Newspapers, will take the helm of The Cairns Post.

News Limited’s group editorial director Campbell Reid said: “During Garry’s decade as editor, The Mercury has been a rigorous, campaigning newspaper which has strengthened its stature as the voice of Tasmania.  

“Garry’s passion for The Mercury, and its readers, has been an inspiring example of journalistic leadership and he will be greatly missed.”

Martine Haley, currently day editor of The Mercury, has been promoted to deputy editor

Reid added: “Andrew is an inspirational leader. He is an experienced editor and will be a great asset to The Mercury. The appointment of a journalist of Andrew’s stature demonstrates an ongoing commitment to Tasmania and the future of its great newspaper.”

Neil Melloy has spent most of his career in Queensland.

“Neil will bring a wealth of experience across our metropolitan and community titles to guide the next stage of the Cairns Post development,” said Reid.


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