We hear there’s plenty of movement at News Corp’s Canberra bureau. Herald Sun national political editor Ellen Whinnett is off to London as News Corp’s European correspondent, replacing Charles Miranda, who’s expected to come back to the Daily Tele. Whinnett will be there to “re-establish” the London bureau, Ms Tips is told, and will be joined by the three finalists for News Corp cadet of the year, who will spend three months working with her in London.
As for her replacement in Canberra, the smart money is on James Campbell, currently the Herald Sun‘s state politics editor at Spring Street. He won a Walkley in 2013 for his scoop on the Baillieu tapes — secretly recorded conversations between then-premier Ted Baillieu and key staffers that led to the premier’s resignation.
Also joining the News Corp bureau in Canberra is Renee Viellaris, who’s taking over from Steven Scott at The Courier-Mail (Scott is taking a year’s sabbatical). Viellaris’ arrival will mean most of the News Corp tabloid political editors are fly-in, fly-out — jetting into the capital only on sitting weeks. No one expects Campbell to move to Canberra, so he’ll join Viellaris and The Advertiser‘s Tory Shepherd in keeping a base elsewhere. The Daily Tele‘s Simon Benson also spends a lot of time in Sydney.