18 June, 2015

Murray Kirkness

One of New Zealand's most respected journalists and newsroom leaders, Otago Daily Times editor Murray Kirkness, is the new weekday editor of The New Zealand Herald.

Herald Managing Editor Shayne Currie says Kirkness would take the reins of the weekday editions of the Herald and help drive the Herald's digital journalism from August. His appointment follows the recent promotion of Herald on Sunday editor Miriyana Alexander to Weekend Herald editor.

"Murray is completely audience focused and is a champion of great journalism and fine story-telling. Murray and Miriyana are two very strong leaders who, in addition to Marcus Forbes leading digital, will drive quality content."

Kirkness says he was thrilled to be given the opportunity to join the Herald team. 

“I'm looking forward to building the Herald's readership, and working with some of the best journalists in New Zealand.”

Kirkness has been editor of the ODT for the past eight years and has been with its parent company, Allied Press, for the past 15 years.  His background includes stints at the Newcastle Herald in Australia, as day editor, and at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph in Sydney as a sub editor.

 

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About New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME)

NZME is New Zealand Media and Entertainment. It brings together New Zealand’s leading radio, publishing, digital and e-commerce brands that were once known under APN New Zealand, TRN and GrabOne. NZME has over 30 websites and an extensive national digital audience reach of over 1.9million* people every month.   

NZME Publishing houses New Zealand’s number one daily newspaper, The New Zealand Herald, The Herald on Sunday and 30 regional and community titles throughout the country. NZME produces New Idea, Girlfriend and That’s Life magazines.

NZME Radio is New Zealand’s market leader for radio advertising solutions delivered across strong radio and online brands. Based on the independent commercial radio station survey conducted by TNS, NZME operate the number one national network, Newstalk ZB and have three of the top five networks with the most listeners – Newstalk ZB, The Hits and Coast. Other networks are ZM, Hauraki, Flava and Radio Sport, in total they operates more than 130 stations in New Zealand. NZME also has an all-in-one digital radio service iHeartRadio, which is one of the leading, all-in-one digital service in the United States. NZME is 100% owned by APN News and Media.

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*Source: Nielsen CMI Fused Q1 14 – Q4 14 March