Russell Wangersky is no longer editor of The Telegram. This is just one of the pieces of news contained in a memo circulated today, from publisher Charlie Stacey to staff at The Telegram.
The memo is headlined NL Senior Management Restructuring. It contains significant and sensitive information about people changing and, in a couple of cases, losing their positions. And I know nothing beyond what is contained in this memo, so - out of respect for those affected by the announcement - I am not going to alter the context in any way, or comment any further. (I have sent out a few messages, though I am not expecting replies right away.)
As an update, a colleague points out that Wangersky is described in the letter as Editor, not Managing Editor. A subtle distinction, but probably important in this case. I am not going to try to explain the distinction before I know more, though I have heard several people say that Wangersky is not unhappy with the reassignment.
Here is the body of the memo:
I am today announcing a restructuring of the Senior Management team for our daily and community newspaper operations in Newfoundland and Labrador. This new structure, while leaner, will allow for greater focus on the varied but integrated issues our operations will face going forward.
Scott Courage will relinquish his duties with regard to the NL Weeklies and become Plant Manager, responsible for the Columbus Drive production facility. Scott will also continue in his role as IT Manager.
Shawn Woodford will take over Scotts responsibilities with regard to the NL Weeklies, assuming responsibility for the full network of 14 community newspapers. Shawn will as well continue in his role as Publisher of The Western Star.
Kerry Hann will assume a broader role with regard to the Telegrams newsroom as Managing Editor responsible for all news and editorial functions.
Russell Wangersky will step back from his role as Editor of The Telegram to become Commentary Editor within Kerrys editorial management team. Russell will also assume responsibility for Creative Publishing.
Dean Jacobs will assume a new role, that of Reader Sales and Marketing Manager. In this role, Dean will be responsible for Circulation sales and service as well as taking the lead role on the development and implementation of broader marketing initiatives for the paper.
Keith Connolly will continue in his role as Advertising Manager.
Paul Newhook will continue in his role as Controller/Regional Director of Finance.
With this new structure, I regret to inform you of the departure of Chris Hodder and Keith Soper. I thank both Chris and Keith for their loyalty, dedication and significant contributions to The Telegram - it is very difficult to see people of this caliber leave our organization. We wish them well and every success in their future endeavours.
Aside from the restructuring of Senior Management, other lay-offs have occurred in our operation as well. Wanda Palmer in Advertising, and James McLeod in Editorial have received lay-off notices. Theresa Tobin in Distribution will also have the term of her temporary position shortened. All of these people may work through a notice period as has been determined with their Senior Manager. We thank Wanda, James, and Theresa for their contributions and wish them well.
Charles J. Stacey, CMA
Publisher and General Manager