The Punch’s Penbo set to take helm of too

David Penberthy, founding editor of News Ltd’s comment site The Punch and former editor of The Daily Telegraph, is set to become editor-in-chief across both and The Punch, Mumbrella understands.  

The move, likely to be announced later this week, will see The Punch managing editor Paul Colgan return to as editor, and The Punch’s deputy editor Tory Maguire will step up to editor of the comment site. mainly aggregates content from all of News Ltd’s Australian mastheads as well as international News Corp content. Mumbrella understands that part of Penberthy’s remit will be to drive more original content and treatments of big stories.

Penberthy, Colgan and Maguire were all members of The Punch’s launch team in May last year.

Meanwhile, David Higgins,’s editor will move across to the development team headed by Alan Oakley which is developing News Ltd’s digital offerings including iPad apps.

A spokesman for News Digital Media said she was unable to comment. Speculation on the move first appeared in today’s Media Diary in The Australian.

5.35pm update: News Ltd has now confirmed the appointments.


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