By: Tony Case
Nigel Wade To Leave Post
(Mediaweek) Hollinger International Inc.’s Chicago Sun-Times is shaking up its newsroom
leadership, bringing in a new team from its Vancouver dailies.
Michael Cooke, editor of the Vancouver Province for the past five years, takes over as
Sun-Times editor in chief on May 15, and John Cruickshank, editor of the Vancouver Sun
for the past four years, becomes vice president editorial for the Chicago tabloid. The
Vancouver papers are owned by Hollinger subsidiary Southam Inc.
The Sun-Times said current editor Nigel Wade, who plans to return to his native England,
will remain as a consultant for the time being. Wade said after ’37 demanding years of
daily journalism,’ he was ready to move on.
The Sun-Times has invested in new printing presses and plans a major redesign later this
year. Both the Sun-Times and cross-town rival Chicago Tribune have suffered significant
circulation losses lately. The Sun-Times’ weekday circulation dipped 3.6% to 468,170 and
Sunday sales slid 2% to 402,917 during the six months ended Sept. 30, according to the
latest Audit Bureau of Circulations numbers.
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