Patrick Elligett replaces Gay Alcorn as editor of The Age

The Age has appointed Patrick Elligett as its new editor after Gay Alcorn stepped down in December to take care of her unwell husband.

Elligett has had several different roles within the masthead, including as the news director and world editor. Prior to joining The Age in 2019, he was editor of the New Daily. He will begin his role on 30 January.

Patrick Elligett will oversee the Melbourne masthead

Nine Publishing’s executive editor of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Tory Maguire, said: “It was an incredibly competitive field of candidates for this role, and Patrick laid out a highly strategic, clear-eyed and bold plan for growing The Age’s audience and subscriber base while also boosting the masthead’s role in leading the big conversations in Melbourne, Victoria and the nation.”

“The Age is in good hands. Patrick demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of reader trends and the challenges it presents. I’m very confident that his plan is the right one to steer The Age through the next few years of economic uncertainty, shifting habits and demographic change.”

Elligett edited large and small regional publications and reported for digital, print and broadcast media in Australia and overseas in his career.

He said: “It is an incredible honour to be entrusted with the leadership of such a significant institution. Victorians look to The Age to provide responsible, fearless and rigorous journalism and that role is more important now than ever.

“I would also like to thank Gay Alcorn for her intelligent, determined leadership and profound contribution to the journalism of The Age during the past three years.”

In December last year, Nine entered a new two-year contract with Australian Associated Press (AAP), which will see the newswire service masthead including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Australian Financial Review, the Brisbane Times, WAtoday and

Monique Farmer was appointed national managing editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times and WAToday last November.


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