Regional publisher Northcliffe Media has announced it is bringing its digital operation back under its direct control.
Northcliffe Digital, which oversees the thisis and Local People website networks, has operated as a standalone business unit within parent company A&N Media since it was set up in January 2010.
However from today its general manager Lee Williams will now report to Northcliffe group chief executive Steve Auckland.
Meanwhile online deals platform Wowcher has been split off into a separate business unit, to be headed by former Northcliffe Digital MD Roland Bryan.
Said Steve: “This is a great move for both our print and digital teams. Separating the businesses was the right decision to allow them to focus on immediate priorities.
“Over the last 18 months, the print teams have changed significantly and have made strong progress that is now translating through to the profit line.
“I’m looking forward to working with Lee to ensure that the print teams continue to fully support the comprehensive range of digital products that have been developed over the last 18 months.”