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JPIMedia recruits new chairman as company bids to build ‘strong board’

A business leader with experience working across Europe has been unveiled as the new chairman of JPIMedia.

The successor company to Johnston Press has announced the appointment of Parm Sandhu as its non-executive chairman with immediate effect.

Parm’s previous experience includes serving as chief executive of German cable company Unitymedia for seven years until 2010, and six years as a non-executive director of Eircom between 2012, following its exit from an Irish administration process, and its successful sale to Iliad S.A. & NJJ Capital in 2018.

He joins the JPI board alongside directors John Ensall and David Duggins and company secretary Peter McCall.

Parm is currently chairman of Greek telecoms group Wind Hellas, as well as a non-executive director at Central European Media, a news led free-to-air broadcaster in Central and Eastern Europe.

He is also a non-executive director at Hibu, the digital marketing business that was formed out of Yell.

David King, chief executive of JPIMedia, said: “I am delighted that a business leader of Parm’s seniority has agreed to join us and both I and the rest of the management team look forward to working with him.

“His appointment also shows the real commitment that JPIMedia’s owners have to the business and their determination to build a strong board.”

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  • January 9, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    Parm. First job. get every editor to send you a copy of their paper. See for yourself how poor many of them are because of too few staff and lack of experience in many cases. Then do something about it.

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  • January 9, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    Reverse the policy of driving weekly papers into the ground. Stop death by a thousand cuts!

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  • January 9, 2019 at 2:41 pm
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    All around me on my area I see non-JP papers thriving and surviving because they follow the traditional formula of news gathering and dissemination. A full quota of local reporters, at least one staff photographer, decent template free make up and reasonable cover prices. Also NO ‘generic company wide pages’ (non-local rubbish). JP papers are pale shadows of what they used to be whilst rivals thrive.

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  • January 9, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    I’m hoping for the best, but note that he’s on the board of Yell in the UK, which is now 100% digital. He has some interesting things to say about the Yell business model in the autumn 2018 issue of Confidant. Yes, fellow subbies, Confidant is spelled that way.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 8:20 am
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    DeadDigitalHorse
    “…I see non-JP papers thriving and surviving because they follow the traditional formula of news gathering and dissemination. A full quota of local reporters”
    Just where are these papers?
    Name them?
    None of the bigger regional groups fit that bizarre description, all are failing and running on small reduced teams of generally inexperienced staff, without togs, relying on UGC and thus selling very few copies.
    The only papers thriving are the hyper local small independents.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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    Prospectus…. They are in Northern Ireland. The Herald group and Alpha newspapers. All doing things traditionally and thriving and surviving.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    DeadDigitalHorse
    The Herald group Dublin
    Circulation:
    2012- jan/June: 61,100
    2018 : jan/June : 31,900

    Thriving?

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  • January 10, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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    I wonder what happened to all of the millions of shares that the board members of JP had, (did they loose them like us ex loyal employees did when the company went bust ? ) as the next day the same board members were in their same seats but for a different company name.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 5:37 pm
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    Prospectus… NOT the Herald group, Dublin. The Herald group Northern Ireland. The last time I checked Dublin wad the capital of the Irish Republic. Try North West media. Omagh or Enniskillen.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 10:41 am
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    The only info I could find on this group was a Facebook page and a website apparently ‘under construction’
    Neither carried any facts or figures as to them thriving or how well they’re doing in cold hard factual terms so perhaps you can give these DDH ?
    As they’re an independent I wish them well as that’s where the future of local news is,so I hope they really are thriving, also any group that brands themselves “ local news for local people” without any irony or having their tongue in their cheeks gets a big thumbs up from me.

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