Aylmer takes charge as Linnell departs

Fairfax Media director of business media, Sean Aylmer, will take on greater responsibility in the wake of news media boss Garry Linnell’s departure.

With Linnell leaving to focus on his radio commitments at Fairfax Radio Network’s 2UE, Aylmer will take charge of news as well as business, reporting to Fairfax Australia Publishing Media managing director, Allen Williams.

The change comes with a slight restructure as magazine editors who previously reported to Linnell will report to Sydney Morning Herald editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir and The Age editor-in-chief Andrew Holden, while Life Media director Melina Cruickshank will oversee APM’s short-form video and entertainment teams.

In an email to staff reported by The Australian Financial Review, Williams wrote: “Garry has done an excellent job spanning news media and radio during the transition period but will now move to fully concentrate on his radio commitments.

“Garry will stay close to News Media and continue to make a valuable contribution.

“I have asked Sean Aylmer to take on the leadership of both the news and business verticals, reporting to me.”

Linnell joined the breakfast line-up on 2UE in January this year.

Aylmer has previously held roles as editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald, as well as a Reserve Bank economist and editor of BRW magazine.

Linnell’s departure coincides with the announcement that Fairfax executive editor Glenn Burge will also be leaving the company in July. Burge’s career at Fairfax spanned 28 years and included roles as editor-in-chief of The Australian Financial Review and deputy business editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

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