News Corp appoints executive editor Sundays to oversee specialist sections

News Corp has promoted Sunday Herald Sun editor Jill Baker to the new role of executive editor Sundays which will see Baker manage the Sunday major metro titles’ specialist sections and investigative journalism.



Geelong Advertiser editor Nick Papps takes on the role made vacant by Baker, stepping into helm the Sunday Herald Sun while Herald Sun news editor Liam Houlihan has been promoted to editor of the Geelong Advertiser.

News Corp Australia chief executive Peter Tonagh said in a statement: “Thanks to our outstanding journalists at the Herald and Weekly Times, Leader Newspapers and the Geelong Advertiser, News Corp Australia enjoys a strong leadership position in Victoria with a monthly audience of 3.7 million, which is 82 per cent of the state’s population.

“As one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists and editorial leaders, Jill has played a significant role in engaging those audiences. So we are delighted to announce Jill’s promotion to the new position of executive editor, Sundays. Her role will be to oversee the continuing excellence of our Sunday newspapers in ambitious and investigative journalism and the quality of their all-important specialist feature sections.”

Baker joined the Herald Sun in 2008 working in various roles including deputy editor. She was appointed editor of the paper in 2012.


“Nick is a vastly experienced journalist and his editorship of the Geelong Advertiser has been marked by significant news investigations and community campaigns. I look forward to the energy he will bring to the Sunday Herald Sun,” said Tonagh.

Papps began his career as a cadet at The Advertiser in Adelaide in 1993. In 1999 he moved to Melbourne to become an investigate reporter at the Herald Sun, moving to the Sunday Herald Sun in 2001. He then returned to the Herald Sun in 2002. In 2006, following a two year stint as News’ Los Angeles correspondent, Papps rejoined the Herald Sun, becoming its chief of staff in 2007. In 2009 he was appointed deputy editor of the Sunday Mail in Adelaide, and in 2011 he became editor of the Geelong Advertiser.

“Liam has a passion for news and has excelled in one of Australia’s most competitive journalism marketplaces.  He has an eye for the stories that matter to readers and it is a pleasure to welcome him to the ranks of News Corp’s editors,” said Tonagh.

Houlihan joined the Herald Sun as a cadet in 2004. He then moved too the Sunday Herald Sun as crime reporter. He has been in the role of a chief of staff since 2011 – firstly for the Sunday Herald Sun, then circulating through the daily and Sunday papers and eventually becoming the seven days news editor.

Baker, Papps and Houlihan start in their new roles on February 1, and will all report to News Corp Australia’s Victorian managing director of editorial Peter Blunden.


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