New editor for The Sunday Times

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ChristoperDore_Blog.jpgNews Limited chief executive Kim Williams today announced four senior editorial appointments across the business, three of which affect The Sunday Times in Perth.

Christopher Dore (pictured), currently deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph, has been appointed editor of The Sunday Times.

Sam Weir, currently editor of The Sunday Times in Perth, has been appointed editor of The Advertiser.

Melvin Mansell, currently editor of The Advertiser in Adelaide, has been appointed to the new role of state editorial director, SA, WA and NT. In this role, he will have editorial oversight of The Advertiser, Sunday Mail and Messenger community titles; The Sunday Times in Perth and the NT News in Darwin.

Claire Harvey, currently features editor and columnist for The Sunday Telegraph, has been appointed deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph.

Williams said these new roles were part of the significant changes in editorial operations that will prepare the business for the challenges and opportunities ahead in print and digital.
"Our focus must be on delivering the highest quality journalism that connects and engages with our consumers across all platforms," he said. "These changes herald the wider transformation ahead for our business. Melvin, Sam and Christopher have the creative and innovative thinking that, in collaboration with the masthead teams, will drive change and deliver editorial excellence."

He said the new strategic role of state editorial director would provide masthead editors the opportunity to focus on producing compelling local content to enhance their connection with their consumers and community.

Dore has been deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph since 2009. Prior to this, he was deputy editor (news) of The Australian and has held a range of senior positions on The Australian, including Victorian editor and night editor.

Dore began his career with News Limited at The Australian and brings extensive experience as a reporter across news, economics and state politics to his new role.

Weir, a former deputy editor of The Advertiser, will return to Adelaide after nearly five years at the helm of The Sunday Times. During his editorship, he was responsible for transforming the one-day-a-week newspaper into a 24-hour, seven-day a week masthead with the integration of its print product with its website PerthNow.

Williams described Weir as "an innovative and creative editor" whose leadership and commitment to understanding changing audience needs was the hallmark of his tenure in Perth.

Both Dore and Weir will start in their new positions next month and will report to Mansell.

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