Fairfax top editors to depart

By By Wenlei Ma | 25 June 2012
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The Sydney Morning Herald's editor-in-chief Peter Fray and editor Amanda Wilson, and The Age editor-in-chief Paul Ramadge have all resigned from their posts.

Fray, Wilson, Ramadge are the highest profile exits so far following the fallout from last week's restructure announcements.

Fray was promoted to editor-in-chief in February last year while Wilson was hired as the paper's first female editor in January 2011. Ramadge was appointed to the role in 2008.

Two key editorial appointments for the Sydney papers will be announced later today.

The resignations follow the announcement last week that Fairfax is restructuring its operations which will result in 1900 job losses over the next three years.

Metro Media editorial director Garry Linnell wrote in a staff email: “[Fray and Wilson] have decided to step down from their respective roles and leave the company to seek new challenges outside Fairfax Media.

“We are saying farewell to two champions of our profession, and their decision to leave brings to a close two very distinguished careers with Fairfax.”

Of Ramadge, Linnell said in a statement: “In his four years as Editor-in-Chief, Paul has led The Age with unwavering passion. He is a talented journalist and a superb leader and manager. No one who knows Paul has ever doubted his love of The Age, and his commitment to integrity, fairness and balance.”

Both Metro Media chief executive Jack Matthews and Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood also paid tribute to Wilson, Fray and Ramadge.

Wilson's last day with the company is 29 June while Fray is set to depart on 5 July. Ramadge will leave in early July.

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