John McKeon took over as publisher of the struggling L.A. Daily News last October, and he was out by June. Now he’s the new prez and GM (which I guess means he has the authority to make trades) at our local daily. The Jim Moroney announcement is after the jump.
From: Moroney, James III
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2007 11:29 AM
To: Everyone – Denton RC; Everyone – DFW; Everyone – Quick; Everyone-TDMN; TDMN-Plano (North Plant); al dia_all; neighbors
Subject: AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM JIM MORONEY
Today I am pleased to announce that John McKeon is joining our team as President and General Manager of The Dallas Morning News (see attached press release). John is in the Morning News building presently, being introduced to our company’s officers and directors.
John has served most recently as President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which comprises nine newspapers, with a daily circulation of approximately 580,000 and more than 1900 employees. Prior to this position, he was the Vice President/Sales and Marketing for Knight Ridder. Prior to Knight Ridder, John was the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Newsday. He took the job at Tribune’s request in order to help Newsday manage through their circulation overstatement challenges. Prior to Newsday, he was Senior Vice-President, General Manager of Sun-Sentinel in Ft. Lauderdale. He has also held the posts of Senior Vice President/Advertising at both The Los Angeles Times and Newsday.
All of our company’s departments and subsidiary companies will report up through John, with the exception of News and Editorial (Bob Mong) and Interactive (Fran Wills). John’s official start date is October 1 and he will report to me. He plans to be here frequently during September to get familiar with our operations and offer help in our 2008 planning process.
Please join me in welcoming John to our company.