Friday, 8 January 2010


John Paton, whose print media career spans Toronto Sun copy boy to co-founder of impreMedia in the U.S., is on the move again.

Editor & Publisher's 2009 Publisher of the Year is the new CEO at the restructured Journal Register Co., effective Feb. 1.

"I have been a director of the company since August," Paton, 52, told TSF. "I will have a stake in the company as well."

As for impreMedia, a chain of Spanish-language newspapers he founded in 2004: "I will remain an investor and director of impreMedia and CEO until Jan. 29."

The Journal Register is no stranger to former Toronto Sun staffers. The late Bob Jelenic was its president and CEO from 1990 to 2007. He died of cancer at 55 in December 2008.

A Wall Street Journal story says New Jersey-based Journal Register publishes 19 daily newspapers, including the New Haven (Conn.) Register.

Paton says JRC is about the size of the old Sun Media prior to the sale to Quebecor.

It was one of a handful of newspaper companies to file for bankruptcy protection over the past year, says the Journal.

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