Sam Weir becomes editor of the Herald Sun as Damon Johnston moves to The Australian

News Corp has announced a series of editorial changes in Victoria, with the Herald Sun’s editor, Damon Johnston, moving to The Australian to be the paper’s Victorian editor. He replaces David King who has resigned.

Replacing Johnston at the Herald Sun will be Sam Weir, currently the editor of The Courier Mail in Brisbane.

A new editor for The Courier Mail is yet to be announced.

Damon Johnston (left) accepting the award for Daily News Brand of the Year at the News Media Awards earlier this year

The executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, Michael Miller, praised both men.

“Sam is one of Australia’s most experienced editors. He has spent his career at News Corp Australia, beginning as a cadet journalist in Adelaide, and previously edited The Sunday Times in Perth and The Advertiser in Adelaide,” he said of Weir.

“We are delighted he has agreed to take on the editorship of the Herald Sun, Australia’s largest-selling daily newspaper and we wish him every success.”

A Herald Sun front page from August

And of Johnston, who was at the helm when the paper won News Brand of the Year at the 2019 News Media Awards, Miller said: “Under Damon’s leadership the Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun broke some of Australia’s most important stories.

“We know Damon will bring that same talent and investigative skills to his new role in driving Victorian coverage for The Australian.”

The duo begin their new roles in early 2020.


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