Australian weekday has appointed its first female editor in 56-year history at Michelle Gunn, editor of the Australian Weekend since 2012.

Editor John Lehmann moved into the role of commercial and managing editor, chief editor, Christopher Dore, told staff at a meeting on Friday afternoon.

The managing editor, Helen Trinca, has become an associate editor and will remain as editor of The Deal magazine.

Gunn, who will remain as editor of Weekend Australia, began his career as a cadet journalist at the News Corp publication based on Holt Street in Surry Hills.

“I am pleased to be able to take on the role of editor at a critical time, because Australia is remaking itself in response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Gunn said. “Australia has an important role to play in this period of recovery and reconstruction, voicing the aspirations of people throughout the country and making arguments for growth and prosperity.”

Gunn was a social affairs reporter and chief of national staff before taking over the Australian Weekend under former editor in chief Chris Mitchell.

Mitchell was replaced by Paul Whittaker five years ago when he retired. 2018 Whittaker went to lead Sky News Australia.

Gunn was the first person in charge of weekday and weekend newspapers, and all digital platforms in Australia.

News Corp’s chief executive for Australasia, Michael Miller, said: “Over three decades in a senior role at The Australian, Michelle has gained a deep understanding and insight into the Australian audience, issues they care about, and the newspaper’s unique position that leads agenda. about national debate.

“Nobody in Australia is more qualified to edit The Australia at an important time in its history. “

After four years as an editor, Lehmann will focus on directing commercial and consumer income, Miller said.

Miller said the cross-platform masthead audience of more than 3.5 million was the highest ever and digital subscriptions are now two-thirds of total subscriptions.

News Corp lost US $ 1 billion in the three months to the end of March and expects more financial difficulties because the economic downturn from the coronavirus crisis continues.

In Australia the company has printing 60 suspended newspapers in his community is stable and makes some staff redundant.

Gunn is not the first female editor at News Corp Australia. News.com.au editor in chief is Kate de Brito and the editor is Lisa Muxworthy. Jeni Cooper was editor of the Sunday Telegraph a decade ago.

Political journalist Michelle Grattan was the first woman to edit the Australian metropolitan daily newspaper when she took over the Canberra Times in 1993.

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