Hollinger Names Head for Telegraph Group

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(AP) Hollinger International Inc. said Wednesday that it had appointed Jeremy Deedes as deputy chairman and chief executive of the Telegraph group of newspapers.

Deedes, a former managing director of the Telegraph Group, replaces Dan Colson, who announced his immediate retirement from all management positions at Hollinger International and its subsidiaries.

Colson was a close associate of Conrad Black, who was forced out as CEO of Hollinger International last fall after an internal review found that $32 million in unauthorized payments were made to Black, his associates and entities he controls.

Colson, who remains a director of Hollinger International, stepped down as the deadline passed for bidders to submit preliminary offers for the company’s assets to the investment bank Lazard LLC.

The company put the assets — mainly The Daily Telegraph of London, the Chicago Sun-Times and The Jerusalem Post — up for sale last November at the same time that Black stepped down as part of a restructuring plan.

Deedes retired as managing director of the Telegraph Group in November 2003, after a career that spanned 40 years in newspapers. He was managing director of the group for seven years, and editorial director for 10 years before that.

His father, W.F. Deedes, is a former editor of The Daily Telegraph and at the age of 90 remains a columnist with the newspaper.

The Telegraph Group also publishes The Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator magazine.

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