Editors on the Future of Editing: A roundtable

Co-presented with the Department of Media and Communications, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney

12 April, 2011

In the rapidly changing sector that is the Australian media, the responsibility and function of the editor has undergone perhaps the most dramatic change. A panel of highly experienced editors from a range of media formats came together to discuss what has changed and what the future holds.


Peter Fray

Peter Fray is publisher and Editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald. Before then Peter edited both The Canberra Times and The Sunday Age, and prior to that was the Deputy Editor of The Sun-Herald. He has held various reporting and editing roles over a career spanning 25 years. These include European correspondent for the SMH and The Age, Spectrum editor, news editor for the SMH and the Sunday Age, and political correspondent for The Bulletin.

Peter is currently the ‘First Decade’ Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications, School of Letters, Art and Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.

Rick Fenely

Rick Feneley is the Editor of The Sun-Herald, Fairfax’s Sydney Sunday paper. He was previously senior writer and part-time Sunday editor on The Sydney Morning Herald. Feneley has been with Fairfax for 12 years after a career that began as a copy boy with News Ltd.

Angelos Frangopoulos

Angelos Frangopoulos is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian News Channel Pty Ltd, a provider of 24 hour digital news services in Australia and New Zealand. He was appointed Managing Editor in 2000 and then in 2004 to the role of Chief Executive Officer. He has held positions at British Sky Broadcasting, the Nine Network and Prime Television Canberra.

Helen McCabe

Helen McCabe is Editor-in-chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly. Helen started in Adelaide television and spent almost ten years working in the Canberra press gallery. Before joining Australia’s biggest selling magazine she was Night Editor of The Australian newspaper and Deputy Editor of The Sunday Telegraph.

Kate Torney

Kate Torney is the Director of ABC News. Kate has worked as a radio and television reporter and producer, bureau chief, executive producer and news editor. She was previously Head, Asia Pacific News, leading the ABC's newsgathering operation for international audiences. In 2008, she coordinated the merger of the Australia Network and Radio Australia newsrooms.