Thursday, 13 December 2007

New Ed Sun pub

David Black
was a Toronto Sun ad sales rep in 1971. On Jan. 1, he will become CEO and publisher of Edmonton's Sun and 24 Hours.

It is an impressive 36-year newspaper career for the 57-year-old Sun vet - and his appointment marks a return to normalcy in management.

"I've got some very big shoes to fill," Black, who transferred to Edmonton as advertising director in 1985, said in an Edmonton Sun story.

Those shoes belong to Gordon Norrie, who in the crunch of unrelenting Quebecor cutbacks was assigned to double duty as publisher of the Edmonton and Calgary Suns. He returns to Calgary Jan. 1 as CEO and publisher of the Sun and 24 Hours.

Hopefully, Black, who has been general manager and advertising director since 2001, will have more troops to help him with the "record-breaking pace" of the Edmonton Sun.

In July, employees of the Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Examiner launched a united union organizing drive, citing cutback gripes.

"We couldn't get the support we needed in Edmonton to proceed, so we called it off in September," Brad Honywill, president of CEP Local 87-M, told TSF today.

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