Rick Feneley new editor of The Sun-Herald

Fairfax Media has gone for an internal candidate as the new editor of Sydney Sunday paper The Sun-Herald after a six week recruitment process.

Rick Feneley, currently a senior writer and part-time Sunday editor on The Sydney Morning Herald, will take the role in a fortnight’s time.  

Fairfax Media launched the hunt after standing down Simon Delhunty last month and promoting SMH editor Peter Fray to editor-in-chief of both titles.

Fray said: “Rick is one of our most accomplished and respected journalists, and brings to his new position deep experience across production and reporting. We’re delighted to have appointed such an ideal candidate to this key role in Fairfax’s Sydney publishing operations.”

Feneley has been with Fairfax for 12 years after a career that began as a copy boy with News Ltd.

He said: “The Sun-Herald is a great Sydney icon, and I’m thrilled to be stepping into this challenging and exciting role.”

Chad Watson, currently acting editor of The Sun-Herald, will move to a “senior role” at The Sydney Morning Herald in the new year.

In the last set of ABC data, the Sun-Herald’s circulation dropped to 429,199, a drop of just over 4%. Rival The Sunday Telegraph has a circulation which is about 50% bigger at 635,269.


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