The managing director of a group of weekly newspapers in the North-West has left the company after just five weeks in the job.
Mark Rodgers was made managing director of Newsquest’s Cheshire division in early February after being approached via a firm of headhunters.
But in a letter to staff from regional managing director Chris Hughes, which has been seen by HTFP, it was revealed that he has already left the company.
It read: “Due to personal circumstances, Mark Rodgers has left the business with immediate effect.”
Mark was the managing director for Johnston Press owned Sheffield Newspapers until losing that job in a restructure in December 2010.
He was replaced by John Bills after a company shake-up which saw Sheffield Newspapers, South Yorkshire Newspapers, North Notts Newspapers and Derbyshire-based Wilfred Edmunds combined into a single business unit.
When he joined Newsquest in February staff were told in an internal announcement that he would help grow the company’s top-line revenues.
Newspapers within the division include the Warrington Guardian, Northwich Guardian, Sale and Altrincham Messenger, and Wirral Globe. In September seven journalists were made redundant across the 12 titles.