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The Press Editor Taking Over Melbourne's The Age

26 June 2012

Andrew Holden, the editor of The Press, appointed editor in chief of Melbourne’s The Age

Andrew Holden, the editor of The Press, has been appointed editor in chief of The Age in Melbourne.

Mr Holden worked on The Age in senior roles for a number of years before moving to New Zealand in 2001.

Fairfax Media’s Group Executive Editor Paul Thompson said Mr Holden has been an outstanding and award-winning editor of The Press since he was appointed in 2007.

The newspaper and its staff have won numerous major awards and received international acknowledgement through the ability to continue to publish during a series of major earthquakes.

“Andrew’s calm and inspirational leadership during and after the Canterbury Earthquakes skilfully steered his paper, website and staff through highly challenging times,” says Mr Thompson.

“That leadership was recognised again at this year’s Canon Media Awards, where The Press was named Newspaper of the Year (over 30,000 circulation), and several of its journalists and feature writers were also awarded.

“His promotion is richly deserved and our staff extend him their warm congratulations.”

Mr Holden will take up his new role fulltime in September. For the next two months he will split his time between Christchurch and Melbourne

Fairfax Media will soon begin recruiting for his replacement at The Press.

Mr Holden’s appointment follows a number of major changes announced for the Australian division of Fairfax Media.

The editor of The Age, Paul Ramadge, resigned yesterday.

The Sydney Morning Herald announced that its publisher and editor-in-chief, Peter Fray, and editor Amanda Wilson were leaving to be replaced by Sean Aylmer as the new editor-in-chief and Darren Goodsir. Goodsir, who is currently the editor of, takes on the newly created role of news director.


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