News state-based structures bring editorial and commercial closer

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Former head of APN's Australian Regional Media business Neil Monaghan has a national new role with News Corp as the process of merging the two into News Regional Media proceeds.

After "successfully leading the first phase of ARM's integration into News Corp", Monaghan (pictured) moves from News Corp Australia's managing director regional media to a national role as managing director, publishing operations. His responsibility for publishing operations includes procurement, logistics and production across the country.

The change is one of several announced by publishing chief operating officer Damian Eales, primarily affecting Queensland and Victorian operations.

Jason Scott moves from executive general manager of the Courier Mail, Sunday Mail and Quest community business in Brisbane to become managing director for Queensland and Northern Territory. This new single operating division combines all of News Corp Australia's metro, regional and community titles in Queensland, northern NSW and the NT.

Peter Zavecz - who is currently managing director of HWT commercial - takes on additional management responsibility for Hobart and Geelong as managing director Victoria and Tasmania, commercial.

Nick Trompf - most recently executive general manager of News Regional Media - is leaving the company "for personal reasons" after a 30-year career with News including a key role in the acquisition and integration of the APN businesses.

Eales says the changes are designed to build state-based structures, better placing the company to serve local communities and advertisers: "For the communities we serve, these changes will enable commercial and editorial teams to work together to publish more local news, sport and entertainment than ever before. For advertisers, these changes will enable us to serve more needs by aligning our many different products and services into simple-to-execute and highly efficient media partnerships," he says.

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