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Regional and national press trade body unveils new CEO

Owen MeredithThe trade body for the regional and national press has unveiled its new chief executive.

The News Media Association has announced the appointment of Owen Meredith, pictured, to the role.

Owen joins the NMA from the Professional Publishers Association, where he is currently CEO.

He has held a number of roles at the PPA, the magazine and business media trade body, where he has overseen its public affairs work and, more recently, served as managing director before being promoted last year.

Owen said: said: “The survival of the news media is vital to our nation’s future, yet commercial and regulatory threats risk undermining press freedom and the essential role of professional journalism.

“The NMA is at the forefront of protecting and promoting this all-important sector and I am excited by the opportunity to lead it through its next phase.

“I look forward to working with friends and allies across industry to secure a sustainable future for quality journalism.”

Owen takes over from David Newell, who announced his retirement last year.

NMA chairman Henry Faure Walker said: “We are delighted that Owen will be joining us as the NMA’s CEO, spearheading our drive for a sustainable and fairer ecosystem for quality journalism in the UK.

“He has deep understanding and passion for editorial and commercial freedoms, alongside an outstanding track record in political and government affairs.

“David Newell has done a phenomenal job for the industry, leading the NMA over a great many years, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”