By: Mark Fitzgerald
Strong Revenues, Lower Newsprint Costs Reported
Pioneer Press executives could not confirm reports that President and Publisher Thomas
J. Neri was leaving Hollinger International Inc.’s chain of Chicago suburban weeklies,
possibly to be replaced by Chicago Sun-Times Vice President-Advertising and Marketing
‘We haven’t really had any word. There’s no white smoke coming out of the chimney yet,’
Pioneer Press Executive Vice President Ted Biedren said in a telephone interview late
Thursday morning after telling his staff that he had no information on the reported
changes. Neri was out of the office and unavailable, Pioneer said.
A spokesperson at Hollinger’s flagship Sun-Times said she had no information on further
management changes. Yesterday, the paper announced Nigel Wade, editor in chief for the
past five years, would be replaced effective May 15 with two Vancouver editors: The
Vancouver Sun Editor in Chief John Cruickshank, 47, who will take the new title of vice
president, editorial and The Province Editor in Chief Michael Cooke, also 47, who will
take Wade’s title of editor in chief.
Neri has indicated plans to leave Pioneer to fellow directors of the Audit Bureau of
Circulations, where he heads the newspaper task force looking at making big changes in
what constitutes ‘paid’ circulation. Green, who has held editorial, marketing, and
advertising positions during a long career at the Sun-Times, could not be reached.
Newsroom sources say he is no longer vice president-advertising and marketing, although
that continues to be his title on the tabloid’s masthead.
Hollinger named former Pioneer Vice President and Executive Editor Peter Neill as general
manager of Lerner Newspapers, a suburban Chicago newspaper group it purchased earlier
this month. Hollinger also named Larry Kelly as president and publisher of Midwest
Suburban Publishing. The group, inside Hollinger’s Community Newspaper Division,
publishes the Daily Southtown in Chicago, The Star community paper, Elite Magazine, and
the PennySaver shoppers in addition to Lerner.
Mark Fitzgerald (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editor at large for Editor & Publisher magazine.
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