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Council structure

The Australian Press Council has 24 members, comprising

  • the independent Chair and 10 “public members”, who have no affiliations with a media organisation;
  • nine nominees of media organisations which are "constituent bodies" of the Council (see below);
  • four independent journalist members, who are not employed by a media organisation.
     

The independent Chair is chosen by the Council and has always been a judge or university professor. 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.

Information on appointment of a Public Member from New South Wales is available here.


Council membership

Chair of the Council
(biography)

  • Professor David Weisbrot AM


Public Members
(biographies)

  • Hon John Doyle AC (Vice-Chair)
  • Julian Gardner AM (Vice-Chair)
  • John Bedwell
  • Jennifer Elliott
  • Julie Kinross
  • Dr Felicity-ann Lewis
  • Dr Suzanne Martin
  • Andrew Podger AO
  • Robyne Schwarz AM
  • Melissa Seymour-Dearness


Industry Nominee Members
(biographies)

  • Sean Aylmer (Fairfax Media)
  • Hal Crawford (ninemsn)
  • John Dunnet (Country Press Australia)
  • Tony Gillies (Australian Associated Press)
  • Bryce Johns (APN News and Media)
  • Alan Kennedy (Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance)
  • Bob Osburn (Community Newspapers Association)
  • Campbell Reid (News Corp Australia)
  • Susan Skelly (Bauer Media Group)


Independent Journalist Members
(biographies)

  • Peter Kerr
  • Simon Mann
  • 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 (John Dunnet, Alan Kennedy and Bob Osburn) and the following people from community and media backgrounds who are not current Council members:

Community background

  • Cheryl Attenborough 
  • John Fleetwood
     

Media background

  • Sue Carter
  • David Fagan
  • Russell Robinson
  • Barry Wilson


Staff

(biographies)

The Council secretariat is based in Sydney and is headed by an Executive Director appointed by the Council. The current staff members are:

  • John Pender (Executive Director)
  • Georgina Dridan (Deputy Executive Director)
  • Shamim Islam (Office Manager)
  • Amado Jovellana (Information Officer)
  • Justin Levy (Complaints and Compliance Officer)
  • Paul Nangle (Director of Complaints)
  • Betheli O'Carroll (Research and Standards Officer)
  • Michael Rose (Director of Research and Communications)
     

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)


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:

  • APN News & Media
  • At Large Media (publishes New Matilda)
  • Australian Associated Press
  •  Australian Rural Publishers Association
  • Bauer Media Group
    (publishes titles such as Australian Women’s Weekly, People, Australian Geographic)
  • Community Newspapers Australia
  • Country Press Australia
  • Fairfax Media
    (publishes titles such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Australian Financial
    Review)
  • Focal Attractions
    (publishes titles such as mUmBRELLA.com.au and gotothesource.com.au)
  • Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
  • The New Daily
  • News Corp Australia
    (publishes titles such as The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, Courier
    Mail, Adelaide Advertiser, Hobart Mercury)
  • ninemsn
  • Private Media
    (publishes titles such as Crikey and The Power Index)
  • Property Review Australia
  • Urban Cinefile
  • WorkDay Media


For further details, see 
Constituent Bodies and their Publications.

 
 
 
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