Les Hinton quits Johnston Press board ahead of Dow Jones move

Les Hinton, the departing chief executive of News International, has left his role as a non-executive board member of regional newspaper publisher Johnston Press.

Following News Corp's acquisition of Dow Jones, Hinton this week left after 12 years at Wapping to become chief executive of the Wall Street Journal parent company.

Johnston Press said in an announcement to City: "The board would like to acknowledge the very considerable contribution which Mr Hinton has made to the Company during his time as a director."

Hinton, who has spent his entire career at News Corp, is also a board member of PA Group, parent company of the Press Association. The company said today that any decision about Hinton's role in the future might not come until its AGM next year.

Hinton is also currently the chair of the Press Complaints Commission code of practice committee.

Johnston Press chief executive Tim Bowdler told the Sunday Telegraph this week that he intends to retire in May 2009, on his 62nd birthday. The company is releasing a trading update tomorrow morning ahead of its end of year results.

He told the Telegraph: "The right time to move on is when one has still got a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm. My objective is to make sure there is a really thorough process of finding the right person to succeed me."

Johnston Press publishes 318 titles including the Yorkshire Evening Post and The Scotsman.

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