News Corp Australia has announced the appointment of Sam Weir (pictured above) as editor of Queensland’s The Courier-Mail.
Weir is one of Australia’s most accomplished editors, having edited the Perth Sunday Times and for the last four-and-a-half years, The Advertiser in Adelaide.
News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said: “I am delighted Sam has accepted the role of editing one of the nation’s most important newspapers, and he will join The Courier-Mail at a vital time for both the state and our company.”
Commenting on his new role, Weir said: “I am delighted to accept the challenge of editing The Courier-Mail when the paper and the state it serves are going through significant change.
“I thank The Advertiser team and the South Australian community for the extraordinary support they have given me, so this move comes with the inevitable mix of some sadness and much excitement.”
The current editor of The Courier-Mail, Lachlan Heywood, will be leaving News Corp, and Miller thanked him for his contribution to the company and journalism over more than 20 years.
“Lachlan is a highly respected journalist and leader in our company who has edited both the Townsville Bulletin and The Courier-Mail with distinction,” Miller said.
“I am personally disappointed he has decided not to remain with News Corp, but I respect his decision and wish him the best for the future.”
News Corp said in a statement that an announcement about the new editor of The Advertiser will be made shortly.