Whittaker named to take Sky role as Frangopoulos departs

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Journalist and editor Paul Whittaker moves to a management role this month, replacing Angelos Frangopoulos as chief executive of Sky News operator Australian News Channel.

Currently editor-in-chief of The Australian, he takes over the ANC position next Monday (October 15) from Frangopoulos who is leaving to become chief executive and managing editor Sky News Arabia.

Group director of broadcasting Siobhan McKenna says the appointment recognises the importance of live news to the growth of News Corp's broadcast businesses.

Whittaker is a three-time Walkley Award winning journalist, and was editor of The Australian from 2007-2011 before serving almost five years as editor of News' Sydney Daily Telegraph. He has been in his current position since 2015.

He said he was excited to be taking on the challenge as CEO of Sky News after working for 12 years as a daily newspaper editor and executive in a career with News Corp spanning more than 30 years.

Chris Dore, editor of the Daily Telegraph becomes editor-in-chief of The Australian, with his position at the Sydney tabloid taken by Ben English, current editor of the Gold Coast Bulletin, who in turn is replaced by Rachel Hancock, deputy editor of the (Brisbane) Courier-Mail. She is a former editor of the NT News and deputy editor of The Advertiser in Adelaide. The positions take effect later this month.

Pictured: Paul Whittaker (Photo News Corp Australia)

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