Born in Adelaide, Wylie began his career in 1957 at John Martin’s department store in the ticket writing and advertising departments. After a couple of years at the Glenelg Guardian, he joined the then independent Messenger Newspapers as a journalist in 1962.
Wylie’s career at News Limited began in 1967 as a sub-editor of The News in Adelaide. After a variety of editorial positions he became editor of The Sunday Mail and then The News the following year. In 1981 he moved to Sydney to edit the Daily Mirror. After serving as editor-in-chief of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, he became general manager of New’s Limited’s Sydney Newspaper division.
Since then his distinguished career has included roles as editor of Independent Newspapers Limited (New Zealand) and Nationwide News Limited.
“Peter’s retirement brings to an end a remarkable 40 year career at News Limited, in which he has embodied the spirit of what we are all about and he has been an integral part in our growth from a handful of papers into Australia’s largest newspaper business,” says Hartigan.
Wylie will be replaced by Alasdair MacLeaod, whose promotion from general manager of Cumberland Newspapers will see him take the reigns of 95 metropolitan titles across the six capital cities, with a readership of over 6.1 million every week
Filling the position left by Alasdair MacLeaod will be the current general manager of the Herald and Weekly Times in Melbourne, John Webster whose new position as general manager of Cumberland Newspapers will see him in charge of 18 titles, reaching over 1.8 million readers each week in NSW.
The current editorial business development manager takes up a new position as group general manager for editorial with the responsibility for integrating and marketing editorial content across print and online platforms.