Monday, 5 April 2010

Dual pub out

Darren Murphy, publisher and general manager of the Peterborough Examiner and publisher of the Lindsay Post, is calling it quits.

A brief online story says Murphy is leaving at the end of April to take a non-newspaper job that will "keep him and his family in Peterborough where he was raised."

The youngest publisher ever at the Examiner - and Post - was no doubt aging prematurely with Sun Media staff cuts and conglomerate politics.

Murphy started his newspaper career in media sales at the Examiner, then owned by Osprey Media. Later, he moved to Toronto as national account manager with Canwest Media Works, returning to the Examiner in 2003 as advertising director.

In 2005,
Osprey named him publisher and general manager at the Northumberland group of newspapers. Two years later, it was back to Peterborough as a dual Examiner/Post publisher.

It seems all roads for Murphy lead back to Peterborough, but as of May 1, his presence there won't involve Sun Media.

The search is on for a new dual Peterbrough/Lindsay publisher.


  1. The rumour going through the building is that the position won't be replaced and the Ad Director will cover off both jobs. Perhaps saving the big salary will avoid some planned further cuts.

  2. who would be stupid enough to want the job anyway?
    long hours, headaches, no support from corporate, do more with less is the way of the Quebecor world or maybe it's do less with less?

  3. You know it's telling sign when a guy in his 30s with a big position like publisher wants out.

    The S.S. Quebecor continues to sink and the crew aren't going down with it. Captain PKP, best of luck.

  4. Gordon Brewerton has been appointed the new publisher and general manager of The Peterborough Examiner and The Lindsay Post. He replaces Darren Murphy in May. Murphy is leaving the newspaper business but will stay working in Peterborough. Cheryl McMenemy, Sun Media's Senior Group Publisher, North Central Region made the announcement Monday.

  5. Darren Murphy is going into real estate with C21.
    Another Osprey publisher is swimming for shore. Dave Martineau in Niagara Falls resigned to go into the gas station business.