Ex-Star publisher Dale Duncan resigns in Maine

Dateline: Tue 01 Nov 2011

The following is from the Portland Press Herald. It's pertinent because it involves former Indianapolis Star publisher Dale Duncan, now a resident of Portland, Maine. This is the story Duncan posted on his Facebook page. See the bottom of this story for a link from Poynter, sent by readers of this blog.

By Jonathan Hemmerdinger

"PORTLAND — MaineToday Media CEO Richard L. Connor announced his resignation from the company Friday and will step down on Dec. 31.

"Dale Duncan, MaineToday president since July, also resigned, effective Friday.

"MaineToday, which owns The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, The Kennebec Journal in Augusta, the Morning Sentinel in Waterville and the Coastal Journal, will be managed by an interim team during the search for Connor’s successor.

"In the media release, Connor said he “led a significant transformation of this company.”

He noted that MaineToday recently reported the first increase in paid circulation in five years, and that the Maine Press Association named The Portland Press Herald the Best Daily Newspaper in Maine two weeks ago. In addition, Connor said, the company revamped its websites and online products and launched the MaineToday Digital division two months ago.

“'Now the company needs to leverage the new foundation into the next phase,' he said. 'After four years of work with a schedule that has been around the clock ... it’s time for change for me personally, my family, and for the company. I remain a significant individual investor in the company and I believe in its future.'”....

"Former President Duncan said he resigned because the “owners want new leadership.”

"Duncan, who is former publisher of The Indianapolis Star and joined MaineToday in 2010 as a contractor, said he enjoyed his time with the company, particularly overseeing the 2010 election coverage.

"He also praised the professionals at the company, including Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel staff.

"Duncan described the four months as president as a “challenge.” In that time the company launched MaineToday Digital, hired a new chief financial officer and cut expenses during a difficult revenue environment.

“The organization responded well,” Duncan said.

“And because of the steps we made in the last six months, the organization will be fine in the near term while it deals with a rapidly changing business model.”

Here is the Poynter link, which indicates "financial shenanigans" initiated by Connor and a questionable trip to Italy to reward advertisers:

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/romenesko/151556/mainetoday-media-ceo-departure-clouded-by-speculation-confusion/#.Tq8Js75Bi7g.email


 

Comments

hendy [Member] said:

Keyword phrase: Difficult revenue environment. He'll do better in politics.

2011-11-01 18:46:57

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Or as a school superintendent. Same flawed math.

2011-11-02 02:40:17

Watches [unverified] said:

Great! Thanks for the share!
Arron

2011-11-08 05:06:17

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