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Political editor Mark Di Stefano departs BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed Australia’s political editor Mark Di Stefano is set to depart after almost three years.

Di Stefano joined BuzzFeed from the ABC as a breaking news reporter in 2014, before being promoted to political editor in 2015.

Taking to Twitter to confirm his departure Di Stefano wrote: “I just want to confirm some personal news – After nearly three amazing years, I’m leaving BuzzFeed Oz for a new adventure in London.”

In his time with BuzzFeed, the company’s political-based twitter handle, @BuzzFeedOzPol grew to 87,000 followers and had 85,000 fans on Facebook.

BuzzFeed Australia now also runs political podcast, Is it On?

Commenting on Di Stefano’s departure, Simon Crerar, CEO of BuzzFeed Australia said: “Mark has done an incredible job leading BuzzFeed News coverage of the rollercoaster that is federal politics. He will be enormously missed.

“We’ve just moved into a bigger office at Parliament House, so Mark’s replacement will not only be able to swing a cat, but will also have a desk of his/her own, rather than having to share a sofa with the rest of our politics team.”

Di Stefano added: “It’s been nearly three amazing years, but it’s time for a new adventure in London. Thank you to Simon and BuzzFeed for giving this smart arse living in Darwin an incredible opportunity.”

The political editor said he is moving to London with his fiancee, but has not confirmed what he will be doing once he arrives.

At BuzzFeed Australia, Di Stefano’s role is yet to be replaced, however BuzzFeed is currently advertising for the position. 

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