Steve Brown, whose sudden departure as managing director of Trinity' Mirror's Midlands and North-East regional operations sparked protests from journalists, has been appointed chief executive of the Claverley Group, owners of the Wolverhampton-based Express & Star, from 1 January next year, HoldtheFrontPage reports today.
Brown was extremely popular with Trinity's journalists. In a rare move, the NUJ chapel at Trinity's centre protested at his departure and described him as "an exceptional MD" even though there had been a round of redundancies.
There was also unprecedented support for Brown on postings to HTFP from journalists.
The Express & Star is the biggest selling English daily regional and has long been a fierce rival of Trinity's Birmingham Mail. Claverley also owns the Shropshire Star, the Jersey Evening Post and the Guernsey Press and Star.