Fairfax editorial director Garry Linnell has announced the appointment of Sean Aylmer as editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald, along with the appointment of SMH editor Darren Goodsir as director of news, across print and digital in Sydney. The announcement comes hours after the announcement of the departure of editor-in-chief Peter Fray and editor Amanda Wilson.
Goodsir’s digital experience includes launching Fairfax’s online opinion site, the National Times. Mark Hawthorne has been appointed Acting National Business Editor.
Linell said in a press release: “Sean has an outstanding journalistic background but it’s also his leadership skills – and passion for Sydney – that sees him well-equipped to steer the Herald through the coming years. He has played crucial leadership roles in previous newsrooms undergoing change and has been a critical part of the project team overseeing our shift toward a digital future.”
Aylmer was formerly editor at BRW. He appeared in a video interview with Mumbrella editor Tim Burrowes in 2009:
Aylmer said: “This is a dream come true. Sydney is a truly unique and energising city. We should reflect that. Smh.com.au is now the nation’s leading news website, an achievement which underlines the respect our audience has for the masthead and our ability to be great story tellers. Our daily newspaper will soon move to a compact format – another exciting development that underlines our commitment to print and presents us with wonderful opportunities to showcase our journalism.”
Key appointments for The Age, where editor-in-chief Paul Ramadge has stepped down, are to be announced tomorrow.