Monday, August 21, 2006

Discuss the challenges of leading innovation with 'the most powerful figure in Britain's regional newspaper industry'

The Independent's Raymond Snoddy wrote this today on Johnston Press chief executive Tim Bowdler:

The most powerful figure in Britain's £3bn regional newspaper industry is neither the flaxen-haired Sly Bailey of Trinity Mirror nor the curly-topped ruler of the Harmsworth press dynasty, Viscount Rothermere, but an engineer with a track record in companies that make everything from ball bearings to milk floats....

In this age of ever-increasing competition from the electronic media, Johnston, a company whose origins go back to a Falkirk printing business in 1767, still delivers hefty profit margins to its shareholders of about 35 per cent...

Snoddy’s profile of Bowdler also includes a discussion about the Johnston’s strategic partnership with the Department of Journalism in Preston, which is the hub of the company's digital innovation.

To hear more from Bowdler on the challenges of leading journalism in an digital age, join the next Journalism Leaders Forum on October 17th. Why don't you join the free global discussion in person or online?

The open forum is scheduled as part of the autumn residential week activities for participants in the Journalism Leaders Programme courses. Applications for The Principles of Journalism Leadership: Strategies for a Digital Age, which is being offered this autumn, are still being accepted. Visit the programme website or contact the director, François Nel at leaders[at] for more details.