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Robertson takes on presidency

John Robertson, of the Newbury Weekly News, has taken over as president of The Newspaper Society from Tim Bowdler. His vice-president is Trinity Mirror Regionals managing director Stephen Parker. New president John (left) is now part-time deputy chairman of Newbury

Newspaper publishers should "focus on core business"

Local newspaper publishers should not rest on their laurels, but concentrate on core business rather than branching out into other media, Johnston Press chief executive Tim Bowdler has said. Speaking at the World Association of Newspapers Congress in Dublin, the

Share options boost for newspaper staff

Johnston Press staff are to be given free shares as part of a new share incentive plan. The scheme is designed to reward staff by giving them the opportunity to benefit from the regional newspaper group’s success. The number of

Trinity's Stephen Parker in line for office

The Newspaper Society is set to install Trinity Mirror Regionals managing director Stephen Parker as its next vice-president. He is already chairman of the Society’s powerful political, editorial and regulatory affairs committee, and has been put forward by its council

Blackwood breaks silence on Mandelson "pressure"

Hartlepool Mail editor Harry Blackwood has broken his silence over claims that the MP Peter Mandelson tried to get him sacked. Harry is currently on sick leave from his job at the paper where he has worked for 30 years.

NS treasurer role for Ian

Ian Ashcroft, the chief executive of Guardian Media Group’s regional newspapers division, has been elected as the new honorary treasurer of the Newspaper Society. He was selected at the Society’s half-yearly meeting of members and takes over from Sir Ray

Editors look ahead to October date

More top names from national and regional newspapers have joined the list of speakers at the York conference of the Society of Editors in October. Tim Bowdler, president of the Newspaper Society, will give the Society of Editors Lecture at

Robertson lined up for presidency succession

John Robertson, of the Newbury Weekly News, is set to become the new vice-president of The Newspaper Society, a role which will lead to him becoming president next year. John is chairman of Newbury Weekly News and group managing director

Johnston secures three more papers

Three Scottish newspapers are to be transferred to Johnston Press after the Government gave permission for Regional Independent Media to hand them over. The papers are Stornaway Gazette & West Coast Advertiser, The Galloway Gazette & Stranraer News, and the

Regional press role praised by the Queen

The Queen has praised the vital community role of the regional press during her Jubilee and said its traditional work has never been more important. She was speaking at The Newspaper Society’s annual lunch at The Savoy in London in

Profits increase for Johnston

Johnston Press is expecting to continue to buck the downward economic trend and is predicting a successful year after revealing increased half-year profits. The company has announced a 14.3 per cent increase in profits before exceptional items, thanks in part

Boorman at the helm

The Newspaper Society’s new president has taken up his post for the year 2001-2. Edwin Boorman, chairman and chief executive of the KM Group, is anticipating an exciting and challenging year ahead for the Society and the industry it serves.

Johnston chief is next in line

The chief executive of Johnston Press, Tim Bowdler, is set to become the next vice president of the Newspaper Society. That means subject to formal approval in May, he will succeed Edwin Boorman as president in 2002, following Edwin’s appointment

Call for reform of ownership laws

The long-term health of the regional press will be in jeopardy unless newspaper ownership laws are reformed, industry chief executives were told at the Newspaper Society’s Senior Management Forum in London. Tim Bowdler, chief executive of Johnston Press plc and

New media and the regional press

Speakers from the regional press will focus on new media during the two-day Newspaper Society Senior Management Forum which starts tomorrow. The event takes place at The Waldorf, London, and coincides with the 2000 Newspaper Awards – the only awards