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Andrew Holden exits The Age, Fairfax Media plans editorial restructure

Andrew Holden has been with Fairfax for 13 years. Photo: Cameron L’EstrangeThe Age’s editor in chief Andrew Holden will leave Fairfax Media after 13 years, as the media company prepares a restructure of its metropolitan newsrooms that will not involve job cuts.

Mark Forbes, currently news director, will become the acting editor in chief of The Age.

“It’s an enormous privilege to be editor in chief of The Age and I have thoroughly enjoyed that experience,” Mr Holden said.

“It is an outstanding newsroom and perfectly placed to thrive in the new media environment. After eight years of leading newsrooms through many challenges, I’m looking forward to new opportunities.”

The restructure of metropolitan newsrooms will see some roles, such as news directors, go and a number of new roles created to better deliver 24/7 news and newspapers.

“The new structure will deliver greater focus on content creation and distribution roles – with our editorial people focused on the creation of content and our distribution people focused on the dissemination of our content. We believe this will strengthen our audience-first approach,” Fairfax Media editorial director Sean Aylmer said.

“The reporters and editors in the newsrooms will remain focused on great stories, videos, graphics, photos and multimedia. The distribution arm of the newsroom will get that content to the biggest and best possible audience via all channels available, digitally and in print.”

While some roles will no longer exist, the restructure will not involve job cuts, it is understood.

“Our new structure is similar to the recently announced newsroom structures of the Wall Street Journal and Daily Telegraph of London and other newsrooms around the world,” Mr Aylmer said.

The next 10 days will see consultation with Fairfax’s newsrooms before a final model is decided upon..

Fairfax Media is publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, WA Today, The Brisbane Times and  the Canberra Times.

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