Neil Frankland announced as editor for The New Daily

Following the departure of Patrick Elligett who left The New Daily in June to take up the title of world editor at Nine-owned The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Neil Frankland has been announced as the new editor.

Frankland will move across from his current position as the publication’s AM editor.

Neil Frankland

Frankland joined The New Daily three years ago after more than 14 years as an international editor and reporter for the Associated Press. He has also worked on various publications in Australia and throughout Asia Pacific, including stints in both Hong Kong and Thailand.

After an extended recruitment process across Australia, which saw a pool of experienced editors apply for the role, The New Daily’s editorial director Bruce Guthrie said it was clear Frankland was the right person for the job.

“We have absolute confidence that Neil will continue to build the site’s journalism, reputation and audience,” said Guthrie.

Frankland says it’s a terrific time to be stepping into the role, and that he hopes to continue the title’s current growth trajectory.

“The quality of our overall team and the work they are producing has never been higher. And their stories are being read by more people than ever before,” he said.

“It’s an exciting prospect to be able to have a hand in continuing this growth.”

Frankland’s appointment follows a series of high-profile hires for the publication, with Garry Linnell joining the team as a weekly columnist, and political contributor Samantha Maiden, formerly a Sky News reporter, joining the staff in a full-time capacity.

Basil Hegazi has joined the team from The Age, and Euan Black has come on as property writer from

Elligett had held the role of editor since October 2017, when he returned to the title after two months with La Trobe University. Prior to that, he was director of news, deputy editor and EDM editor with the publication.


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