Editor to take on national role for News’ Sundays

Sunday Herald Sun editor Jill Baker has been promoted to a new national role, in one of several senior editorial changes at The Herald & Weekly Times announced yesterday.

Ms Baker will take on the new position of executive editor, Sundays, while Geelong Advertiser editor Nick Papps will take over as editor of the Sunday Herald Sun.

Herald Sun news editor Liam Houlihan will become editor of the Geelong Advertiser.

The appointments were announced yesterday by News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller and News Corp Australia chief executive Peter Tonagh, and will be effective from Monday, February 1.

Mr Tonagh said Ms Baker’s role would be to oversee the investigative journalism in the group’s major Sunday titles, as well as the papers’ specialist feature sections.

All three editors will all report to News Corp Australia’s Victorian managing director of editorial, Peter Blunden.

In a career of more than 30 years, Ms Baker has worked in newspapers, magazines and book publishing.  She has been editor of The Sunday Age, deputy editor of The Age, group publisher at Australian Consolidated Press and publishing director at Random House Australia.

She joined the Herald Sun in 2008 where she worked in various roles across the paper, including as deputy editor, before being appointed editor of the Sunday Herald Sun in 2012.

Mr Papps began his career at The Advertiser in Adelaide in 1993, before moving to Melbourne in 1999 to become an investigative reporter at the Herald Sun.  In 2006, following a two year stint as News’ Los Angeles correspondent, Mr Papps rejoined the Herald Sun, becoming its chief-of-staff in 2007.  He was appointed deputy editor of Sunday Mail in Adelaide in 2009, and in 2011 became editor of the Geelong Advertiser.

Mr Houlihan joined the Herald Sun as a cadet in 2004.  He worked on several rounds for the Herald Sun before moving to the Sunday Herald Sun as crime reporter. He has been chief-of-staff since 2011 – firstly for the Sunday Herald Sun – before becoming news editor for the seven-day cycle.

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