Terry Egger named publisher of Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of the Inquirer and Daily News
The former publisher of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Terry Egger, was named publisher of Philadelphia Media Network, the publisher of The Inquirer and Daily News, as well as Philly.com.
The announcement was made yesterday by acting publisher H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who became sole owner of the newspaper properties last summer. Lenfest will remain on the board of directors, and though no new title was announced, is likely to be acting as CEO of the company overall.
Egger had been publisher of the Plain Dealer since 2006, but announced his retirement in 2012. “I will be 55 this week, and while it has not been an easy decision to leave a career and industry that I love, I am excited about starting a productive next phase in my life,” Egger said in a note to staff at the time.
But Egger stayed on to manage Advance Publications new publishing strategy in Cleveland in 2013, the same one implemented at its Alabama and Louisiana properties – limiting home delivery, establishing a new business entity called Northeast Ohio Media Group – what Egger called “a reset of the business model in order to sustain and be a viable business going forward.”
Egger became Chairman of The Plain Dealer Publishing Company at the time of the reorganization, before retiring at the end of that year. He then led efforts to bring the Republican Party convention to Cleveland, but left that post in July, making him available to be named Publisher in Philadelphia.
“Terry is a proven leader in the industry and has a tremendous vision and understanding of what we need to do to keep our printed papers strong while also expanding our digital news portfolio,” Lenfest said in the announcement. “His strong leadership and management skills will serve us well as we continue to transform this company into one of the most innovative media organizations in the industry. He understands the importance of strong journalism as our lifeblood.”
Egger had previously been appointed to the publisher’s board of directors when it was formed in May of this year.
“There is no question our industry faces some tough challenges, but the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com have a mission of serving this community with a strong daily news report on all platforms and we will continue to do just that as we maximize the collective power of these award-winning brands,” Egger said in the announcement for the appointment.