A managing director who returned to a regional publisher after being made redundant has lost his job for the second time.
Bob Cuffe announced on Twitter that he has been made redundant again by Trinity Mirror, joking if it happens again he “keeps the trophy” – a reference to the fact that Brazil were allowed to keep the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1970 after winning the World Cup for a third time.
Bob, pictured, initially served as TM’s Teesside MD from 2007 to 2011, and then took on responsibility for the wider North-East region until his role was axed in 2012.
He returned as MD in Middlesbrough in 2014, regaining his region-wide responsibilities in 2016.
In his post on Twitter, Bob wrote: “The company has reimagined the future. And it doesn’t include me. If I’m made redundant again I keep the trophy.
“Had a wonderful time and would like to thank colleagues [Teesside Gazette] and [Newcastle’s Chronicle Live] and wish them all the best for the future. And our splendid customers.
“My future is as a non exec. Been very proud to be a non exec director at [Darlington Building Society] and look forward to continuing with this, and hopefully securing one or two more in the near future. I’m sad, but will be absolutely fine.”
Mike Pennington, whose remit as a regional MD has so far included TM’s Humberside titles, will now add the North East brands to his portfolio.
A number of industry figures responded to Bob’s post on Twitter to pay tribute.
Ed Walker, editor (digital) for Trinity Mirror Regionals, wrote: “Sorry to hear this Bob. You did, however, go out having seen The Gazette notch up one of the most incredible pastry-based stories there will ever be. One to savour. Wishing you all the best for the future.”
Former Northern Echo editor Peter Barron added: “Sorry to hear this Bob. The regional media needs big characters who get out there and engage with communities. That’s what you’ve always done better than most. Best wishes.”
And Sophie Barley, news editor at Chronicle Live, wrote: “A sad day. Absolutely gutted. As someone has already said, you are The Gazette. And you were that much need familiar Teesside face when I moved to the Chron. Won’t be the same. Good luck Bob.”
Trinity Mirror declined to comment on Bob’s departure.