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Council structure

The Council currently has 23 members, comprising the Chair and

  • two Vice-Chairs and seven other "public members", who have no affiliation with a media organisation;
  • eleven nominees of media organisations, including all the major publishers of newspapers and magazines as well as the principal union for employees in the media industry; 
  • and two independent journalist members, who are not employed by a media organisation.
     

The independent Chair is chosen by the Council. The public members and independent journalist members are appointed by the Council on the nomination of the Chair. The nominees of publishers are chosen by the media organisations which have agreed to support the Council and be subject to its complaints system. All members are expected to act and vote as individuals, not as representatives of any organisation or interest.

For further details, see the Press Council's Constitution.


Council membership

Chair of the Council
(biography)

  • Neville Stevens AO

Public Members
(biographies)

  • Hon John Doyle AC (Vice-Chair)
  • Julie Kinross (Vice-Chair)
  • John Bedwell
  • Jennifer Elliott
  • Dr Felicity-ann Lewis
  • Dr Suzanne Martin
  • Andrew Podger AO
  • Zione Walker-Nthenda


Industry Nominee Members
(biographies)

  • David Braithwate (Fairfax Media)
  • Tony Gillies (Australian Associated Press)
  • Lachlan Heywood (Daily Mail Australia)
  • Simon King (nine.com.au)
  • Paul Merrill (Bauer Media Group)
  • Matthew Ricketson (Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance)
  • Glenn Stanaway (News Corp Australia)
  • Bob Yeates (Country Press Australia)
  • Vacant (Community Newspapers Australia)
  • Vacant (HT&E, formerly APN News and Media)
  • Vacant (Small publisher representative)


Independent Journalist Members
(biographies)

  • Anna Reynolds 
  • Mike Steketee


Adjudication Panel Members

The members of the Council's Adjudication Panel are the Chair of the Council, all public and independent journalist members of the Council, three of the industry nominees on the Council and the following people from community and media backgrounds who are not current Council members:

Community background

  • John Fleetwood
  • Julian Gardner AM
  • Melissa Seymour-Dearness

Media background

  • David Fagan
  • Bob Osburn
  • Kirstie Parker
  • Russell Robinson
  • Susan Skelly
  • Barry Wilson


Chief Executive Officer and Secretariat 

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Press Council is the Executive Director John Pender (biography).

The staff of the Secretariat are:

  • Paul Nangle (Director of Complaints)
  • Isabella Cosenza (Director of Strategic Issues)
  • Joelle Patten (Office Manager)
  • Alice Beasley (Senior Complaints and Governance Officer)
  • Melissa Salfi (Complaints Advisor, Part-time)
  • Tanith Chippendale (Complaints Officer)
  • Nathan Saad (Complaints Officer)
  • Betheli O'Carrol (Research Advisor, Part-time)

(Staff biographies)

Previous Chairs

  • Sir Frank Kitto AC, KBE, PC (1976-1982)
  • Prof Geoffrey Sawer AO (1982-1984)
  • Hon Hal Wootten AC (1984-1986)
  • Prof David Flint AM (1987-1997)
  • Prof Dennis Pearce AO (1997-2000)
  • Prof Ken McKinnon AO (2000-2009)
  • Prof Julian Disney AO (2009-2015)
  • Prof David Weisbrot AM (2015-2017)


Constituent bodies

The "constituent bodies" of the Council are publishers and other organisations in the media industry which have agreed to provide funding for the Council, to cooperate with the Council's consideration of complaints against them and to publish any resultant adjudications. They also select the industry nominees on the Council.

The full list of constituent bodies is shown below:

  • Adelphi Printing Pty Ltd
  • At Large Media
  • Australian Associated Press
  • Australian Property Journal
  • Australian Rural Publishers Association
  • Bauer Media Group
  • Budsoar Pty Ltd (The Koori Mail)
  • The Bushland Shire Telegraph Pty Ltd
  • Community Newspapers Australia
  • Country Press Australia
  • Crinkling News
  • Daily Mail Australia
  • Echo Publications Pty Ltd 
  • emanila.com Pty Ltd
  • Fairfax Media
  • Focal Attractions 
  • HT&E (formerly APN News & Media)
  • HuffPost Australia
  • Independent Australia Pty Ltd 
  • Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
  • News Corp Australia 
  • New Daily
  • nine.com.au
  • Private Media 
  • Schwartz Media
  • Solstice Media Limited (InDaily)
  • Women's Agenda
  • WorkDay Media 
  • Western Sydney Publishing Group Pty Ltd
  • Highlife Publishing Pty Ltd
  • Inside Story Publishing Pty Ltd
  • Radiowise Productions Pty Ltd
  • Altmedia Pty Ltd
  • Beaconwood Holdings Pty Ltd


For further details, see Constituent Bodies and their Publications.

 
 
 
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