‘Toronto Star’ Publisher to Step Down

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(AP) John Honderich, publisher of the Toronto Star, will step down from his post effective May 5, the newspaper announced Sunday.

Honderich, 57, became publisher of the Star in 1994, following a six-year term as the newpaper’s editor.

“John has made a remarkable contribution to advancing the Toronto Star over a long and distinguished career,” Robert Prichard, president and CEO of parent company Torstar Corp., said in a written statement. “He has led the newspaper with distinction, passion and great effectiveness.”

The statement from Torstar did not say why Honderich was stepping down. However, a report in The Globe and Mail, one of the Star’s main competitors, suggested that he and Prichard have clashed over the paper’s direction.

In a memo to Toronto Star staff, Honderich said he was leaving the Star “with regret.”

“For some time, there has been a corporate desire for change,” said the memo. “As a result, I have worked hard to bring about an effective transition, and will continue to do so.”

Honderich will step down at Torstar’s annual general meeting, where the new publisher will also be named.

Honderich began his newspaper career in 1973 as an office boy and night reporter at the Ottawa Citizen.

He joined the Star in 1976, working as a reporter, bureau chief in Ottawa and Washington, deputy city editor, business editor and editorial page editor.

At the time of his appointment as publisher, then-president of Torstar Corp., David Galloway, described Honderich as someone who “makes things happen.”

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