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Former SoE president made redundant by publisher

Nick-Turner-335A regional digital boss who served as president of the Society of Editors in 2015-16 has been made redundant from his role.

Nick Turner, left, has left the Carlisle-based CN Group after his role of digital strategy chief was axed.

The move comes just months after Nick hosted the SoE’s annual conference in Carlisle in his role as president.

The CN Group, publisher of the News & Star, Carlisle and the North West Evening Mail, is now looking to appoint a group digital commercial director to oversee all its digital operations.

Nick, who had worked for the CN Group for the past 25 years, is also organiser of the Digital Editors’ Network which brings together digital managers from the regional and national media.

His departure was announced in a message to staff by group development director Jonathan Lee on Friday.

It read: “I wanted to let you all know of changes to our digital operation. We will be appointing a senior group wide digital director to lead one CN Digital operation and ensure we maximise the opportunities for our business.

“Our existing digital teams, who have been reporting to Stuart Cooke and Nick Turner, are forming one CN Digital team. Unfortunately Nick Turner’s role as digital strategy manager has been made redundant and Nick has left the business.

“The digital team who reported to Nick will report to Stuart until we announce the appointment of a group digital commercial director.

“I would like to put on record my thanks to Nick for the work he has done for CN Group over many years.  I am sure you would like to join me in wishing Nick all the best with his future career.”

Nick added: “Obviously I am very sad to be leaving CN Group after 25 years, but am seeing this as a positive opportunity to take a fresh look at my career.

“In the meantime if anyone would like to get in touch my new email is nickincumbria@gmail.com.”

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  • January 23, 2017 at 8:17 am
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    One would sssume he would have known about,and been part of the process of their future digital strategy if hos role was that of digital strategy chief?

    The curse of the SOE goes on

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  • January 23, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    Very best wishes to Nick, a fellow ‘Birdcage’ student from Preston 1991. I’m sure he’ll do well. I may be wrong – and if I am just say, and I’ll correct – but it sounds to me like the word ‘commercial’ in the new role may have something to do with this …

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  • January 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm
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    Redundant? I understood that they couldn’t make you redundant unless you genuinely were redundant. CN group sound to me as though they are replacing like with like (only much cheaper, of course).

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  • January 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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    A pedant writes: It’s the job that’s made redundant, not the person, though I know that this can amount to the same thing.

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