Here's something you don't see very often, journalists praising an outgoing md.
HoldtheFront page reports today that Steve Brown, who was managing director of Trinity's North East and Midlands divisions, has left the the company in a major restructure of its North-East and Midlands operations.
HTFP, part owned by Trinity, says it is understood that he will not be replaced. Instead four senior managers who previously reported to him are now reporting directly to Trinity Mirror regionals md Georgina Harvey. They are centre mds John Griffith (Birmingham), Debbie Davies (Coventry), Bob Cuffe (Teesside)and Newcastle commercial director David Simms.
Brown was involved in therestructuring of Trinity's operations in the West Midlands and the North-East which led to the loss of more than 90 journalists' jobs.
But postings on the HTFP story are favourable to him.
tynesider posted: Steve will genuinely be missed in the North-east and probably elsewhere. Tough, maybe, but one of the good guys who treated everyone with respect
A Newcastle journalist: Not many journalists can say they'll miss their md. But we all will. Steve brought in the money for the company but he genuinely cared about the staff.
HTFP editor Paul Linford: Writing as an ex-Journal man rather than as HTFP editor, I would agree with the above sentiments. Steve had to do some difficult things over the past year, but he was one of the good guys.
HTFP notes that "Trinity Mirror is making no public comment on the changes".
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