Still no report in The Australian of the change at the top of the paper’s editorial tree. Those longtime rumours of Michael Stutchbury being replaced as editor have finally become true, as outlined in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.

Stutchbury has not only been sidelined but also demoted from Editor to Deputy to the Editor in Chief (business) and he has slid from second to sixth in the pecking order on the paper.

You can find the new lineup on page two of the paper (it’s a bit like being an old Kremlin watcher and checking out who is standing next to whom in the May Day Parade photos).

Chris Mitchell is Editor in Chief; Executive Editor is Deborah Jones (she gets things done around the place, more admin than editorial).

There’s no longer an editor’s slot. Third on the list is Deputy Editor (Weekend), Nick Cater; Deputy Editor (News), Paul Whittaker; Deputy Editor, Graham Erbacher; Deputy Editor (Melbourne), Christopher Dore and then Deputy to the Editor in Chief, Michael Stutchbury.

The Oz hasn’t reported the change but page three today had a story on the changes at Seven and Ten TV networks under the cute headline “Talking heads roll in TV cull.”

How about “Silent paper purges editor, not many hurt”.

Peter Fray

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