Gippsland Times appoints new editor

THE Gippsland Times has appointed a new editor.

Liam Durkin officially took the reins on Monday.

He replaces Gregor Mactaggart, who departs following his appointment as editor of the Riverine Herald, based in Echuca/Moama.

Mr Mactaggart said Mr Durkin’s appointment would provide great continuity for the editorial team.

“Liam has ably filled in for me in the past and deserves his opportunity to take charge of the Gippsland Times and our sister publication the Latrobe Valley Express,” Mr Mactaggart said.

“He has been a member of The Express team since January 2021 as a sports/news reporter and done a brilliant job.

“He is dedicated to the craft of journalism and passionate about local newspapers.”

Mr Durkin, 27, grew up in Thorpdale and started his journalism career as a cadet reporter with the Gippsland Times in 2018.

“I’m excited by this opportunity and what it may bring,” Mr Durkin said.

“The Express was always among the newspapers on the family table growing up, and the Gippsland Times gave me my first opportunity, so to be able to serve as editor for both is a great honour.

“I need to thank Julianne Langshaw for giving me my start at the Gippsland Times, and to Gregor Mactaggart for his work gearing me up for the role.

“I hope to do the position justice and add another chapter to the line of editors at the Gippsland Times – Gippsland’s oldest newspaper.”

You can contact Liam at editor@lvexpress.com.au or on 5135 4429.