BH announces major change in management of its newspapers
Berkshire Hathaway has announced that the management of its newspapers and digital operations will now be in the hands of Lee Enterprises.
Lee Enterprises will manage Berkshire’s 30 dailies and 47 weeklies across multiple states, including Virginia.
The five-year agreement between BH and Lee will take effect July 2. Lee will receive a fixed $5 million per year as well as a “significant percentage of profits over benchmarks.”
“I love our newspapers and am passionate about the vital role they serve in our communities,” said Warren E. Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway. “Although the challenges in publishing are clear, I believe we can benefit by joining efforts. Lee Enterprises’ growth in digital market share and revenue has outpaced the industry.”
Pilot ad VP, named ad VP for Daily Press
Kelley Till, vice president of advertising for the Virginian-Pilot, will now serve in the same position at the Daily Press, Tronc’s southeast general manager Nancy Meyer announced in a press release Tuesday.
Till, who serves on the VPA Board, will replace VP of advertising at the Daily Press, Kevin Warren. Warren is moving to Chicago to work as the digital general manager for the Chicago Tribune’s advertising division.
Former RTD reporters, Pilot reporter to join new non-profit news site in Richmond
Three former reporters from the Richmond Times-Dispatch and one reporter from the Virginian-Pilot have joined a new non-profit news startup, the Virginia Mercury, that will launch next month.
Robert Zullo, Ned Oliver and Katie O’Connor, all former RTD reporters of the last six months, and Mechelle Hankerson of the Virginian-Pilot will make up the entire staff of the new operation. Zullo will serve as the Mercury’s editor. Oliver, O’Connor and Hankerson will work as reporters.
The site will focus on state government and policy. Its offices will be in downtown Richmond. The Mercury is backed by D.C.-based nonprofits Hopewell Fund and New Venture Fund, who have established similar sites in other states.
Judge rules in favor of Pilot, reporter will not have to testify
A Hampton Roads judge has ruled that a Virginian-Pilot reporter will not have to testify in the upcoming felony trial of a Portsmouth city councilman Mark Whitaker.
Judge Harold W. Burgess Jr. struck down the subpoena by special prosecutor Andrew Robbins to have Pilot reporter Scott Daughtery testify in the trial.
Daily Progress hires new content coordinator
The Daily Progress has hired Meghin Moore as the paper’s new digital content coordinator.
She will start her new job next month.
News Virginian moves
Starting July 2, the News Virginian will be based out of a different building.
The paper is moving to 201 C. Rosser Ave., in Waynesboro.
Martinsville Bulletin hires new GM
Keven Todd, who serves as the ad director and general manager at the Danville Register & Bee, has been named general manager of the Martinsville Bulletin.
Todd will split his time between the two papers.