News Corp reshuffles leadership across Victoria, Tasmania and regions

News Corp Australia has announced a series of new leadership appointments following last year’s acquisition of Australian Regional Media, and has revealed executive general manager of News Regional Media, Nick Trompf is set to depart the company after 30 years.

Trompf has worked with News Corp as executive general manager for North Queensland, as well as general manager for commercial and operations in his time with the company. He is set to depart for personal reasons, the publisher said. 

Trompf departing News Corp after 30 years

The news comes three months after a separate News Corp management reshuffle, which saw Damian Eales become COO of News Corp’s print operations and Nicole Sheffield take charge of the company’s digital and magazine arms.

Trompf’s role will not be replaced directly, however Simon Irwin, has been appointed as executive general manager, for regional Queensland and the Northern Territory.

As part of the latest round of changes, News Corp has created two new roles and expanded the title of Peter Zavecz, current managing director of The Herald and Weekly Times, commercial.

Zavecz has been appointed managing director, Victoria and Tasmania, commercial. The promotion will see him take on management responsibility for Hobart and Geelong in addition to the HWT business.

Jason Scott, currently executive general manager of the Courier Mail, Sunday Mail and Quest community business has been appointed managing director of Queensland, Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea, where News Corp owns the Post Courier.

Neil Monaghan, current managing director regional media has been appointed to the newly created national role of managing director for publishing operations.

Monaghan previously led the first phase of the ARM integration and will be responsible for operations including procurement, logistics and production.

Eales said the changes were designed to ensure the company was better placed to serve local communities and advertisers.

“For the communities we serve, these changes will enable commercial and editorial teams to work together to publish more local news, sport and entertainment than ever before,” Eales said.

“For advertisers, these changes will enable us to serve more needs by aligning our many different products and services into simple-to-execute and highly efficient media partnerships.”

Eales’ sentiments echoed those of News Corp Australia’s executive chairman at the time of Eales’ and Sheffield’s promotions when he said: “These appointments will ensure we meet our strategic priorities to maximise revenue and audience opportunities. It is important we adapt our business to respond to changes in market conditions and with these Damian and Nicole at the helm, it will ensure we are structured for future growth and success.”

In April News Corp revealed it would be restructuring and slashing jobs across its editorial teams, making most photographers and sub-editors redundant in a bid to make $40m in cuts.

One month later, 70 staff photographers were then let go as News Corp moved to an outsourcing model.


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