Patrick Elligett appointed editor of The Age

The Age has appointed news director Patrick Elligett as its new editor.

Elligett joined the masthead in 2019 and replaces Gay Alcorn, who stepped down from her position in December to take care of her unwell husband.

Tory Maguire, executive editor of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, said Elligett had bold plans to grow the masthead’s audience.

Patrick Elligett is the new editor of The Age.
Patrick Elligett is the new editor of The Age.Credit:Paul Rovere

“The Age is in good hands,” Maguire said. Patrick demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of reader trends and the challenges it presents. I’m very confident that his plan is the right one to steer The Age through the next few years of economic uncertainty, shifting habits and demographic change.”

Elligett was appointed news director for The Age in 2020, and was previously the world editor. Prior to joining the masthead, Elligett held a number of roles, including editor, of The New Daily.

“It is an incredible honour to be entrusted with the leadership of such a significant institution,” Elligett said. “Victorians look to The Age to provide responsible, fearless and rigorous journalism and that role is more important now than ever.”

“I would also like to thank Gay Alcorn for her intelligent, determined leadership and profound contribution to the journalism of The Age during the past three years.”

Alcorn, who was appointed editor in September 2020, stepped down in December after an extended break to look after her husband. She will return to The Age in a senior position when she is able to do so. Maguire thanked acting editor Michael Bachelard and acting deputy editor, Mat Dunckley, for their commitment to the masthead during the recruitment process and Alcorn’s leave of absence.

The Age is the most-read Victorian-based masthead in the country, with an audience of 5.8 million readers over the past 12 months.

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