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The Associated Press announced today that Gary Pruitt, the chairman, president and CEO of The McClatchy Co., will become its newest chief executive officer in July, succeeding current President and CEO Tom Curley upon his retirement, The New York Times Media Decoder blog reported.

McClatchy owns 30 daily papers and is the third largest US newspaper publisher. Pruitt will be succeeded by Pat Talamantes as the new CEO of McClatchy and byKevin McClatchy as chairman, the article said.

Pruitt, who spent 28 years at McClatchy, is no stranger to the AP, serving on its Board of Directors for nine years, according to an AP press release. He also formerly served as a chair of the Newspaper Association of America.

In the press release, Pruitt praised Curley’s tenure as chief executive, as well as the digital direction the AP has embraced in recent years.


Gianna Walton


2012-03-22 18:59

The UK’s National Union of Journalists would like to bid goodbye to Trinity Mirror CEO Sly Bailey

Under the headline “Bye bye Sly?”, the NUJ writes that her cost-cutting policies at Trinity Mirror, which publishes five national titles and over 130 regional and local papers, are “killing off local and regional press with dire consequences”.

The union has complied a dossier, examining the consequences of cuts imposed by Bailey across Trinity Mirror titles. These include staff shortages, cuts to the number of photographers, and a reduction in the number of newspaper vendors.

The NUJ quotes one representative from the Birmingham Post & Mail, who says that as a consequence of the cuts “staff are increasingly going for easy stories.” The rep states, “some good, but not explosive stories are missed because we do not have production staff able to make late changes to the paper. We no longer routinely cover the transport authority. All this means that community or grassroots news has suffered and we are becoming increasingly reliant on reader generated news and pictures.”

Similar stories are shared by staff at other local Trinity Mirror titles, such as the Huddersfield Examiner and Trinity Mirror Southern.


Hannah Vinter


2012-03-14 14:22

Last July Johnston Press appointed Ashley Highfield, previously head of technology at the BBC and then director of Microsoft's UK consumer and online business, as its new CEO.

The appointment raised two questions. One: why did Johnston Press hire a boss with no newspaper experience? Two: Why would Highfield want to head Johnston Press, which has seen its share price drop from 480p to 5p over the last five years?

Both of these points have been raised by Raymond Snoddy who has published a long interview with Highfield in In Publishing's bi-monthly magazine.

The answer to the first question seems obvious: Johnston Press was investing in a Digital First Future. Other news publishers have done the same; in November Time Warner Inc. hired Laura Lang, formerly of the digital advertising company Digitas, as its CEO.

In his interview with Snoddy, Highfield is clear that Johnston's future is as a diversified media company: "yes I have absolutely no previous newspaper experience but the board had already made the decision that the future of Johnston Press lay in moving the organisation beyond print and that was explained to me in the first sentence".


Hannah Vinter


2012-01-26 18:20

As part of its digital initiative, newspaper supplement company Publishing Group of America has replaced former CEO Dick Porter with John Cobb III, MediaWeek reported Wednesday. Cobb, who was previously consulting PGA, has experience in digital and experience publishing and has emphasised that he would work on expanding the Internet content that the publisher offers to its partner papers.

"Each one of them really fills a niche," Cobb said, when asked about the PGA supplements, "We want to grow the brands and support their partners. It'll also give us an opportunity to provide information to their local sites."

Cobb is the former senior vice president of digital at Source Interlink Media, where he was in charge of more than 100 Web ventures, Folio wrote. Cobb explained that the PGA is "committed to providing value to our newspaper partners and a high-quality medium for national advertisers to reach valuable local markets," stressing that the company was aiming for "explosive growth" in digital projects.


Alisa Zykova


2010-09-06 16:03

Rupert Murdoch owns News Corp., the Sulzberger family controls The New York Times and Sam Zell bought the Tribune Co. Much of the media industry is owned by billionaires, but what will happen if financial woes push them out of media?

"Nobody likes to admit this, but much of the best of contemporary journalism has been produced, and continues to get produced, simply because of the largess - and the emotional needs - of a small group of rich people," Simon Dumenco wrote for AdAge yesterday.

As print ad revenue fades, many news organisations are considering non-profit, foundation-type business models to finance journalism. However, "no publishing model is immune to change - especially when one influential person runs the place," The New York Times reported, citing the case of John R. MacArthur, president, publisher and chief benefactor of Harper's Magazine.

Harper's is a non-profit, and relies on support from the MacArthur foundation, which donated more than US$3 million a year to the publication from 2004 to 2008. However, the foundation's assets have decreased from $34.3 million in 2001 to $12.1 million in 2008. And although those assets could rise again, MacArthur has considered seeking the help of other donors, and last month fired the magazine's editor, Roger D. Hodge. One editor told The Times "there is a sense that there is only one authority to appeal to."


Leah McBride Mensching


2010-02-09 21:10

Playboy Enterprises Inc, the iconic adult entertainment publisher and brand name, announced a new permanent chief executive on Monday, newspaper publisher Scott Flanders, Reuters reported Monday.

Flanders will take over from interim Chief Executive Jerome Kern at a time when Playboy is facing significant advertising revenue declines, competition from online pornography and rumors of the company's sale.

Flanders will leave his current chief executive position at Freedom Communications, a television broadcaster and newspaper publisher. Freedom publishes the Orange County Register, the premier newspaper for the company's resident town, Irvine, California.

Flanders is the first person to take a permanent chief executive position at Playboy since the late 2008 departure of Christie Hefner, daughter of the magazine's founder Hugh Hefner.

Despite the strength of the company's brand name, Playboy has suffered on the back of the adult audience's online migration and plummeting advertising income. Flanders, however, said he is hopeful for the company's future.

"The brand punches above its weight," he told Reuters. "I see huge potential for it."


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-06-02 10:28

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