News Corp Australia editor Andrew Holman moves from The Mercury to The Sunday Mail



News Corp Australia’s editor of The Mercury Andrew Holman is moving to Adelaide to edit The Sunday Mail following the departure of David Penberthy last year.

Replacing him in Tasmania is Matt Deighton, assistant editor of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, News Corp Australia has confirmed.

The move comes after Penberthy resigned his editorship of The Sunday Mail to take up a new job in radio as part of the Fiveaa breakfast team.

Julian Clarke, chief executive of News Corp Australia, said he was delighted to see Deighton and Holman take up the “key roles” in a statement released this afternoon.




“Both are talented journalists and editors who have understood the importance of reflecting the interests and aspirations of the communities they serve through our print and digital publications,” he said.

Holman returns to Adelaide where he spent 22 years at The Advertiser and the Sunday Mail after starting his career in journalism as a cadet on Kangaroo Island and then as a journalist on papers in the Spencer Gulf region and then editor of The Port Lincoln Times.

Holman was editor of The Cairns Post before he moved to Hobart to edit the Mercury.

“As an institution, the Sunday Mail is an integral part of the fabric of South Australia. In 1974 I was given my first taste of journalism as part time copy person for the Sunday Mail on North Terrace where, as a school boy, I was in awe of many of the characters and personalities on the paper. To return there as editor is not only an honour, but the realisation of a life-long dream,” he said.

Deighton has worked for News Corp since 1989 and held various roles at the Leader Community Newspapers in Melbourne, the South Australian Messenger Community Newspaper Group and the Sunday Mail.

He was made assistant editor of The Daily Telegraph early last year and played a role in coordinating community based campaigns to set the daily news agenda.

Clarke added: “During his time at Messenger newspapers, Matt led a succession of successful community initiatives, including ‘Know Your Neighbour’ which aimed to break down isolation and foster community spirit and “Jobs 1001” – a campaign which created more than 1000 jobs across the country.

“His efforts were duly recognised with Messenger twice named Newspaper of the Year at the PANPA awards and taking home many of South Australia’s top media awards.”


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