Subject: Message from Garry

Dear colleagues,

I have decided to step down as editor after 10 years in the role.

If any word sums up the past decade it is change – and the time is right for a new hand on the tiller as the revolution in our craft accelerates.

I leave the job knowing the spirit of the place is in the safe hands of all of you.

There are significant challenges ahead but also fantastic opportunities for journalism and I know you will embrace them, talented people that you are.

My last day will be Thursday, January 5.

Cheers,
Garry Bailey | Editor | Davies Brothers Pty Limited

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Bailey quits editor’s hot seat

MERCURY and Sunday Tasmanian editor Garry Bailey has decided to step down after 10 years in the role.

His resignation, after 42 years in newspapers – all, bar two of them, with Davies Brothers Pty Ltd – will take effect from January 5.

“Garry has done an inspiring job serving our readers as editor for more than a decade – and as a newsman for 42 years,” Davies Brothers chief executive officer Rex Gardner said yesterday.

“It is an extremely demanding job and the pressure can be relentless.

“Few editors last 10 years in the hot seat, but Garry has done it with great skill and sensitivity, backed up by a very talented team.”

Announcing his decision to staff yesterday, Mr Bailey said: “If any word sums up the past decade it is change – and the time is right for a new hand on the tiller as the revolution in our craft accelerates.

“I leave the job knowing the spirit of the place is in the safe hands of all of you.

“There are significant challenges ahead but also fantastic opportunities for journalism and I know you will embrace them, talented people that you are.”

Bailey started with the Mercury in 1969 as a cadet.

He worked for the Advertiser in Adelaide from 1976-78, before returning home and rising through the ranks at Davies Brothers over the past 33 years.

Mr Gardner said a new editor would be announced within the next month.

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