Northcliffe regional restructure

Northcliffe Media has appointed two new publishers as it pushes ahead with plans to restructure its regional newspaper business.

Managing Director of the Leicester Mercury Steve Hollingsworth has been promoted to publisher of Nottingham Post Media Group, and ncjMedia (Newcastle Chronicle and Journal) managing director David Simms has been made publisher for the Leicester Mercury Media Group.

Steve Hollingsworth has worked for Northcliffe for 38 years, working his way up from a trainee ad sales rep at the Grimsby Telegraph. He moves into his new role on 30 August.

Simms began his career with Trinity Mirror in telesales at the Wirral News in 1984 and moved to the Leicester Mercury in 1993. He takes up his new job on 1 August.

In a statement the company said both men will report directly into Steve Auckland and have ‘full responsibility for the profit and loss, portfolio, commercial and editorial strategy of their business”.

Northcliffe Media managing director Steve Auckland said: ‘Both Steve and David create a positive and entrepreneurial spirit, and their experience will be extremely valuable in helping to take the business forward.

‘I am looking forward to working closely with them to develop the future of Northcliffe Media.”

As part of its restructuring exercise Northcliffe this week announced the closure of its three-title Recorder in Nottingham.

Last month it unveiled plans to switch the Torquay Herald & Express from weekly to daily publication.

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