Surprise changes at BDT
Thursday, 9th December, 2010
John Casey is returning to the Barrier Daily Truth 30 years after it launched his media career.
Mr Casey will become general manager and managing editor following the retirement of Chris Falkner, who served the newspaper for more than 40 years, most of that time as general manager and for the past 10 years as managing editor.
After plying his trade in London, across Europe and to the USA as well as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, Mr Casey said he was thrilled to be returning to his hometown of Broken Hill.
"It has been a long-standing dream of mine to one day return to the BDT and I feel privileged to be given the responsibility of leading the newspaper in an exciting new direction," he said.
"This newspaper has an enormously respected history which dates back to 1898, but in this new media age there are significant new challenges ahead.
"In 2011 and beyond, my goal is to initiate a new level of engagement with the local community and ensure the newspaper accurately reflects the exciting times which lie ahead for the Silver City."
Barrier Industrial Council president Danny O'Connor welcomed the vast experience that John would bring to the BDT, and said as owners of the paper the BIC was determined the appointment of a new GM-managing editor would instill confidence in subscribers, readers and staff alike.
"The BDT Board could not have wished for a better fit," Mr O'Connor said."John has worked all over the world but is a Broken Hill boy at heart and the mix of experience and local knowledge that he brings to the table are fantastic credentials that we couldn't find anywhere else.
"I'm expecting John's appointment will provide a new energy for the BDT's staff and that can only result in a revitalised product hitting the presses."
After completing his cadetship at the BDT in the early 1980s, John joined the Sun News-Pictorial newspaper in Melbourne as a 19-year-old and wrote numerous front page stories for the biggest selling daily in the southern hemisphere.
He subsequently acted as deputy sports editor at The News in Adelaide and racing editor for South Australia's Sunday Mail.
After seven years service in the print industry in three states he joined the electronic media.
John was appointed acting chief for Channel 7's London bureau during the 1991 Gulf War and on returning to Australia presented morning news on the Seven Network's national news program "11am".
From 1995 to 2008 John was the senior commentator with Fox Sports, commentating on some of the world's biggest sporting events including the Olympic Games, Wimbledon tennis and golf 's major tournaments along with AFL, NRL and a host of other national events.
John starts at the BDT in January. His wife, Kylie, and their three children will relocate to Broken Hill.