Timothy Knight named president of the Northeast Ohio Media Group
Knight has been CEO of Wrapports LLC, publisher of the (Chicago) Sun-Times, since its founding in 2011
Timothy P. Knight, CEO of the Chicago Sun-Times parent company Wrapports LLC. since 2011, has been named president of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. NEOMG operates cleveland.com, the Sun News and is responsible for ad sales and marketing for The Plain Dealer.
Knight was Publisher of Newsday from 2004 to late 2009, and before that Vice President, Strategy and Development at The Tribune Company.
Knight succeeds Andrea Hogben, who is leaving the company at the end of this year.
“I am honored to join NEOMG and work with their talented team of journalists and sales and marketing professionals,” said Knight in the announcement. “I look forward to building upon Andrea’s success and growing our audience and expanding our business. The opportunities for growth here, especially in the digital arena, are tremendous.”
The move is not a great sign for Wrapports LLC which recently sold its suburban holdings to its rival, the Chicago Tribune. Its paper, the Sun-Times, has moved from being the liberal alternative to the Tribune, to a more right-wing tabloid, and then back again, and again. There is not much left to cut or sell off, so now might well be the time to bolt his hometown of Chicago for another locale.
The situation in Cleveland is only slightly better, with Advance eliminating home delivery on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in late summer of 2013. Sunday circulation is also down around 28 percent from where it stood a decade ago.
Meanwhile, there is talk of buyouts being announced at the Chicago Tribune, while staff at the LA Times await word of layoffs:
Buyouts announced at the Chicago Tribune p much simultaneously to Sun-Times CEO departure announcement. We have a hell of a media ecosystem.
— dan sinker (@dansinker) October 5, 2015