Editor-in-chief of The Age leaves

The editor-in-chief of The Age, Mark Forbes, has resigned and left the newspaper following an allegation of harassment.

Mark Forbes

Editor-in-chief of The Age, Mark Forbes, has stood down from his role and will leave Fairfax Media.

Editor Alex Lavelle is currently overseeing the newsroom.

Editorial director of publisher Fairfax Media, Sean Aylmer, said: “Mark felt that in this instance he had fallen short of the behaviour that The Age stands for.

“We acknowledge Mark’s extensive service to Fairfax spanning more than 30 years.”

The publisher has been investigating the allegation since a complaint was made two weeks ago, The Age reported.

It published Mr Forbes’ letter to staff following his decision.

“As editor-in-chief of The Age I must uphold all of the standards that we would expect in others,” he wrote. “I acknowledge and accept I have not done so . . . accordingly I believe it is untenable to remain as editor-in-chief.

“I again apologise to the person concerned, and I apologise to all of you as, ultimately, I have let you down.”

Mr Forbes was appointed in April after the departure of Andrew Holden, who has subsequently taken a communications role at Cricket Australia.

Mr Forbes joined Fairfax in 1985 and has held roles including news director of The Age, editor of The Sunday Age, defence and foreign affairs correspondent and Indonesia correspondent.

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