Fairfax reveals senior team to spearhead digital future

Fairfax Media has announced multiple senior editorial appointments following structural changes at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald, as the company looks toward a digital-focused future.

Richard Woolveridge will take the reins of The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) as weekday editor, with Judith Whelan to edit the masthead's Saturday edition.

Kate Cox will become editor of The Sun-Herald replacing Rick Feneley, who will work in a senior writing role.

Conal Hanna will be the editor of The Sydney Morning Herald online, transitioning from managing editor of The Brisbane Times online.

Stephen Hutcheon will continue to edit The Sydney Morning Herald's tablet edition. Mark Baker, former national editor for The Age, will become The SMH's national managing editor.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald editor in chief, Sean Aylmer, said: “The team we are putting in place to take the Herald’s new editorial structure forward is a superb group of some of Australia’s most talented and experienced editors and journalists.

"They will all make an enormous contribution to the success of the Herald’s delivery of the best quality news reporting, commentary and analysis demanded by our audiences,” Aylmer said.

“The new model means our newsrooms will be based around our audiences. It provides for more flexibility, more sharing and more transparency about how we work,” he said.

Released this morning, the appointments are a result of the company's revised editorial restructure, which hopes to provide a cohesive integration of editorial and digital platforms.

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