New publisher at Daily News

The Daily News has a new brought in a new publisher. Moncton Times and Transcript publisher Greg Lutes began his new job in Halifax Jan. 24.

By Lyndsie Bourgon

The Daily News has a new brought in a new publisher.

Moncton Times and Transcript publisher Greg Lutes began his new job in Halifax Jan. 24.

Former Daily News publisher Jamie Thomson held the job from 2003 to May 2007.

Lutes has a background in sales and marketing and was previously the publisher of Metro Toronto. He was also vice-president of advertising and sales with Thomson newspapers.

Lutes says he’s currently getting to know the Halifax community.

During his time in Moncton he says his mandate focused on national sales.

“At Metro I built up those national contacts,” says Lutes.

Lutes says he improved the advertising rates and circulation of both Metro and the Times and Transcript.

“It boils down to sales and circulation,” says Lutes of his future plans for the Daily News. “I really rely on editors like Jack Romanelli to make a great editorial product.”

Jack Romanelli, editor-in-chief of the Daily News, says the introduction of a new publisher won’t affect content.

“It’s really more business than journalism,” says Romanelli. “We’re hoping the editorial effect of a new publisher isn’t large.”