Barker steps in as News Magazines MD

Barker steps up from his position as magazine publisher after joining the company last year from Australian Consolidated Press where he was media liaison director. He was previously editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day.

John Hartigan, News Limited CEO, says, “Phil will build on the strengths of what is an exciting team of cutting-edge creative people now working for our magazine division.

“The team has taken donna hay and InsideOut magazine to record readerships over the past year and recently relaunched the highly-successful Sunday Magazine.”

Sunday Magazine, published in the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun, is the country’s largest-circulation magazine with a circulation of 1.4 million. News Magazines is Australia’s third biggest magazine publisher based on revenue.

Barker says, “News Magazines had a sensational year last year and I am looking forward to taking that forward. It is an exciting place to work.”

Noad, who has been with News Limited for over 30 years, also resigns as a News Limited director. He has represented News Limited on the board of the National Rugby League for seven years and is currently in his third season as chairman. Noad will also resign from the NRL board.

“Malcolm began his career at News Limited as an advertising copyboy at The Australian and has contributed strongly to News Limited at all levels with great skill and commitment. He has an outstanding record as one of Australia’s pre-eminent media executives,” says Hartigan.

“I have had a long professional and personal relationship with him and wish him well.”

Noad joined The Australian in 1973 and after various sales and clerical roles, was made classified advertising manager of Teleclassifieds in 1982. In 1986 he was appointed assistant advertising director, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.

In 1989 he was appointed general manager of The Sunday Times in Perth and five years later became general manager Mirror Australian Telegraph Publications, now Nationwide News.

He held that position until 1998 when he was appointed group general manager News Limited and then in 2000 became managing director Nationwide News.

Last year he was appointed to a new role to head News Magazines.

Noad says News Limited had offered him opportunities he could not have foreseen when he joined as a 19-year-old copyboy.

“It has been a wonderful company to work for and it has been a fantastic experience,” says Noad.

“I was very lucky to be asked by News to be to involved in the administration of the NRL over the past seven years because I love the game of footy. I am very excited about moving to the Bulldogs however it is unfortunate that I feel I have to leave my friends at News immediately because of the current challenges of my new job.”

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