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Strategic changes at the Herald with new editor-in-chief

APN Editor of The New Zealand Herald for the past ten years Tim Murphy has been promoted to the new position of editor-in-chief of Herald titles.

Announcing this today, acting chief executive of APN NZ Media Matt Crockett said as editor-in-chief Tim Murphy will provide strategic content direction and leadership for the Herald’s daily, weekend, Sunday and online brands.

During Tim Murphy’s editorship, the Herald has won the Canon (previously Qantas) Newspaper of the Year title three times including two of the past three years. He has also had a key role in growing the audience of nzherald.co.nz.

In association with Tim Murphy’s appointment, Shayne Currie will be elevated to editor of The New Zealand Herald Monday-Friday editions and David Hastings to editor of The Weekend Herald.

The editors of the daily Herald, Weekend Herald, Herald on Sunday, nzherald.co.nz, APNZ News Service and Herald commercial publications, including the Aucklander, will all report to Tim Murphy in his new role.

“It has become essential now that the ‘Herald’ news brand reaches our audience in so many different ways – and in many different styles – that there is overall direction of our journalistic content, and a clear overview of content development to meet future market needs,” says Crockett.

“Tim’s brief is to maximise our news firepower, working with all the editors  to make the most of what we create – and to do that better than our competitors in print, online and on mobile.

“Our goal is to retain the rich character of individual titles and channels but ensure the “One APN” philosophy adopted across the company in sales, marketing and distribution is adopted editorially to win circulation and audience, and increase market share and revenues.”

The appointments are effective immediately.

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