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ABC names new ACT news editor Eric Napper to replace John Mulhall

ABC News producer Eric Napper, responsible for broadcasting Gough Whitlam's memorial service, has been named as the new ACT news editor for the network, replacing John Mulhall.

Mulhall announced his retirement in January.

Napper enters the office at a difficult time for ABC Canberra's Northbourne newsroom, still reeling from job cuts and the axing of ACT 7.30 at the end of last year.

The ABC said Napper was one of their most experienced news executive producers and had been with the broadcaster for 25 years since 1989.

In his previous role Napper was editor of news specials, responsible for special coverage such as Whitlam's memorial, and state and federal elections.

The ABC also spruiked Napper's local credentials.

"As a long-time resident of Canberra Eric has a deep understanding of local issues and a strong commitment to strengthening quality ABC News coverage in the ACT," ABC news director Kate Torney said.

Napper previously held senior roles in news production at the Canberra office.