Christopher Dore lost his job as editor-in-chief of The Australian after attending a Wall Street Journal event in Laguna Beach, California, last month, attended by Rupert Murdoch’s top executives.
During his 31 years at News Corp, Dore edited four mastheads for Murdoch and was the most powerful managing editor in his Australian business.
He was close to News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch, who was appointed general manager of Queensland Newspapers in the 1990s and then editor of the Australian.
Dore was Editor-in-Chief of the Australian for four years, edited the Daily Telegraph, Courier Mail and Sunday Times in Perth and was Deputy Editor of the Sunday Telegraph.
But when he announced his resignation Wednesday, citing “personal health issues,” there was no praise from either the Murdochs or senior management.
Sources said there was an editorial board meeting at News Corp Australia, which Dore is chairing, on Wednesday afternoon and an email was sent out to staff shortly after they announced Dore was leaving the company. Even the editors of Holt Street were caught off guard by the news.