James Chessell appointed Group Executive Editor - Australian Metro Publishing, Fairfax Media

13 MARCH 2018: 

Fairfax Media has announced the appointment of James Chessell as Group Executive Editor – Australian Metro Publishing, effective immediately.

James will lead editorial teams at Fairfax’s capital city mastheads The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, Brisbane Times, WAtoday and Life Media.

Managing Director of Australian Metro Publishing Chris Janz said: “James is a journalist and editor of remarkable talent. He’s one of Australia’s best business journalists with extensive international experience and an insider’s knowledge of the local and global political landscape.

“James brings a new energy to our newsroom leadership. He will be unrelenting in pursuing our strategic mission to deliver agenda-setting journalism that sets us apart and is valued by our readers. I’m confident this will allow us to continue growing our subscriber and engaged reader base, while always safeguarding the editorial independence of our titles.”

Prior to this appointment, James was National Editor of the SMH and The Age with responsibility for federal politics, business and world coverage.

James began his career as a cadet at The Age before moving to The Sydney Morning Herald. At The Australian and The Australian Financial Review his roles have included Financial Services Editor, Companies Editor, Business Editor and Europe Correspondent.

James has won the Citi Journalism Award for Excellence and was part of the Financial Review team that won a Walkley Award for its coverage of corporate governance failures at retailer David Jones.

James said: “I am thrilled to be leading Fairfax’s metro newsrooms. It is a tremendous honour and responsibility. Our journalists are some of the most accomplished and experienced in the country.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age play a vital role in the daily life of Sydney, Melbourne and the nation. Life Media has also proven to be an editorial and commercial powerhouse.

“The metro mastheads have a long and proud history of producing quality, independent and agenda-setting journalism. Faith in many public institutions is not at record highs making it more important than ever we continue to break news, produce insightful comment and analysis and write about the issues of importance to our audiences.”

A process has commenced to recruit the vacated National Editor role.