Fairfax Media Executive Editor appointed CEO of Radio New Zealand

Fairfax Media last night announced the departure of group executive editor, Paul Thompson, to take up his position as newly appointed CEO and editor-in-chief of Radio New Zealand.

Fairfax Media acting managing director, Andrew Boyle, congratulated Mr Thompson on his appointment.

"Paul has been a terrific journalist, editor and leader at Fairfax Media for 18 years. As group executive editor for the last six years, he has led many changes and made a substantial contribution to our business. He has overseen a significant number of key initiatives for Fairfax, which has left us strongly placed as the preeminent news provider in New Zealand," said Mr Boyle.

Mr Thompson served as editor of The Press from 2001 to 2007 and during his editorship, The Press was twice named NZ newspaper of the year. He also edited the Nelson Mail and had significant newsroom positions at Waikato Times.

Mr Thompson said: "I have loved my time with Fairfax. I'm immensely proud of all the things we've achieved as a team and I will leave with a sense of sadness. But it is the right time for me to take on this new challenge at CEO level."

Mr Thompson will leave Fairfax Media in September and the Company will soon begin the search for his replacement.

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For further information, please contact:
Fairfax Media Acting Managing Director
Andrew Boyle
(64) 3 943 2888 / (64) 9 970 4054
email andrew.boyle@fairfaxmedia.co.nz