Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

'Gleeso' Leads the Multimedia Charge; Former Grafton Journalist at Coalface of 24-Hour News Cycle

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

'Gleeso' Leads the Multimedia Charge; Former Grafton Journalist at Coalface of 24-Hour News Cycle

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Byline: Bill North bill.north@dailyexaminer.com.au

GONE are the days of editors with a single-minded focus on the newspaper hitting the press.

More than ever before news is a 24-hour cycle. Leading that charge is Sky News Australia and at the coalface is former Grafton lad Peter Gleeson.

A print editor for the past 10 years, Gleeson's multi-faceted approach to journalism makes his latest promotion to a five-day TV broadcast role a natural progression.

Rather than a career change, as it would have been perceived a decade ago, it's the strategic shift of a key News Corp player to a consumer sweet spot in response to evolving audience and customer behaviours.

"I think that's the great thing about it in News Corp," Gleeson said. "Our company is going down this path more and more where traditional newspaper journalists transition to broadcast.

"We're very much a 24-hour news organisation. It will be nothing for me to break a story online, talk about it on TV, then analyse it in the next day's newspaper.

"It's an endless cycle. We set the agenda and continue that agenda."

Gleeson has been the editor of The Sunday Mail since 2013 and during that time has built a strong fan-base as a regular guest commentator on Sky News and weekend host of its late night national affairs program Heads Up, which he will continue to host. He will also remain a weekly columnist for The Courier-Mail and News Corp's national Sunday newspapers network.

"This is an opportunity that reflects the changing nature of journalism today - combining Peter's strong newspaper pedigree with a broadcast platform," NewsCorp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller said.

"He has an exceptional news sense, the best contact book in Queensland and is not afraid to stand up for the interests and the issues that matter to the community. …

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