Johnston Press has merged its publishing and digital operations after a restructure of its senior management.
The changes will see chief digital and product officer Jeff Moriarty oversee the digital product and multi-platform publishing function in a move that will also bring group marketing and events under his remit.
Richard Thomson has been appointed group publishing director following the departure of Helen Oldham in March, and retains his current responsibilities for publishing, newspaper sales and circulation.
Richard will also lead the publishing strategy for flagship titles i and The Scotsman.
Former Yorkshire Evening Post editor Paul Napier, pictured above left, who has been running JP’s digital news brands and recently oversaw the relaunch of the company’s 161 websites, has become publishing director, while Nigel Leigh is now senior director of commercial products and events.
At its AGM last week, Johnston Press reported its digital audiences have grown by 11pc year-on-year, with page views up 17pc.
Said Jeff: “This cross-platform approach in publishing acknowledges that our audiences will continue to move towards digital and yet we must preserve our print readership for decades to come.
“We must have an integrated approach – and get the print/digital balance right in each market – in order to continue to grow audiences, optimise revenues and ensure a vibrant mix of news brands that reach national, regional and local customers.”