James Chessell appointed as Fairfax’s group executive editor, Australian Metro Publishing

Fairfax Media has appointed James Chessell as its group executive editor of Australian Metro Publishing.

Chessell was previously the national editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age with responsibilities spanning federal politics, business and world coverage.

Fairfax is currently in the process of recruiting a new national editor

Chris Janz, managing director of Australian Metro Publishing at Fairfax, said in a statement: “James is a journalist and editor of remarkable talent. He’s one of Australia’s best business journalists with extensive international experience and an insider’s knowledge of the local and global political landscape.

“James brings a new energy to our newsroom leadership. He will be unrelenting in pursuing our strategic mission to deliver agenda-setting journalism that sets us apart and is valued by our readers. I’m confident this will allow us to continue growing our subscriber and engaged reader base, while always safeguarding the editorial independence of our titles.”

Chessell has also held roles as a Europe correspondent and deputy editor of business at the Australian Financial Review.

“The metro mastheads have a long and proud history of producing quality, independent and agenda-setting journalism. Faith in many public institutions is not at record highs making it more important than ever we continue to break news, produce insightful comment and analysis and write about the issues of importance to our audiences,” Chessell said.


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