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Regional MDs to leave newspaper publisher

Two of the most senior executives in Northcliffe Media are to leave the business next month, it was announced today.

As new group managing director Steve Auckland’s shake-up of the regional publisher continued, it was confirmed that the regional MDs for the South-West and North-East divisions are to step down.

South-West MD Steve Anderson-Dixon and North-East boss Phil Inman, who also head up the publishing centres in Bristol and Hull in addition to their regional roles, will both leave on 8 July.

Also bowing out is Joanne Glynn, managing director of the Nottingham Post since 2008 and previously MD of the Derby Telegraph.

The changes follow Mr Auckland’s announcement in April that the company’s regional structure is being dismantled.

In future, newspaper centres will either report directly into Mr Auckland or to his right-hand-man, executive director Rich Mead.

Mr Auckland will oversee the “big four” centres of Leicester, Nottingham, Bristol and Hull, with the rest coming under Mr Mead’s newly-created brief.

The regional MD roles in Hull and Bristol are being replaced by new publisher roles for those centres, as is the managing director’s post in Nottingham.

Ms Glynn’s departure means a comeback for former Johnston Press North-West divisional MD Margaret Hilton, who lost her previous job in a restructure of JP’s regional divisions last year.

She is to become acting publisher in Nottingham pending a permanent appointment, expected to be announced next month.

Mr Anderson-Dixon first joined Northcilffe in 1983 and was MD at both Derby and then Nottingham before becoming group advertising director in 2002 and finally South West regional MD in 2007.

Mr Inman, who joined the company in 1988, previously served as MD in Bath and then Hull before taking up his regional role.

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  • June 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

    It looks like they’re shuffling the deckchairs around on the Titanic at Northcliffe!

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