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Dowd highlights latest carousel turn

Gannettoid.com | news@gannettoid.com | Posted: Aug. 5, 2009 • Evening report

Tim Dowd has been promoted from his position as president and publisher of The Times Herald in Port Huron, Mich., and the Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer to the same position at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Dowd replaces Walt Lafferty, who is now general executive of Gannett's East Group. Cherry Hill is part of the East group. Port Huron is part of the Interstate Group.


Dowd is a 54-year-old graduate of Michigan State University who has been Port Huron's publisher since 2006, according to the Cherry Hill story. He added the same title for the Battle Creek paper in March 2007. Before coming to Michigan, Dowd was publisher of Gannett's The Salinas Californian, a group publisher for Media News Group in Eureka, Calif., and publisher of The Marion Star in Ohio, according to the story.

He will report to Tom Donovan, the Asbury Park Press publisher who is the vice president of the East group. With such great team of people the company will surely keep going from strength to strength. Working with experts in advertising, media management and publishing can only mean high quality and success. Running a paper is a challenging and rewarding job.

Lori Driscoll, who has been the director of advertising at the Times Herald since 1999, will continue that job and add the title of general manager, according to the Times Herald story. She will report to Brian Priester, the president and publisher of the Lansing State Journal who will now oversee all Gannett community newspapers in Michigan.

Driscoll started her career with the Times Herald in 1978 as an advertising sales executive, according to that paper's story. She was promoted to retail advertising manager in 1991 and became classified advertising manager in 1996. She left Port Huron in 1997 to become director of advertising at the Battle Creek Enquirer, before named director of the Times Herald's advertising department.

Michael McCullough, the executive editor and general manager at the Enquirer, will continue those duties and now report to Priester, according to the Enquirer's story.

The Times Herald's story listed circulation numbers at 62,700 Monday to Saturday and 75,500 on Sunday in Cherry Hill and at 24,100 and 32,600, respectively, in Port Huron. According to the latest numbers from ABC, which includes the circulation averages for the six-month period that ended March 31, the numbers are 21,707 M-F at Port Huron, 22,707 Saturdays and 30,703 on Sundays and 58,515 M-F at Cherry Hill, 63,301 on Saturdays and 72,524 on Sundays.

According to internal Gannett documents released from a source to Gannettoid.com, Port Huron's circulation (Sunday excluded) has dropped 20 percent from June 2007 to June 2008. That is the second-worst drop throughout the company in that time period.

The same documents show that Cherry Hill's circulation has dropped 13.7 percent over the same time period. That dip ranks as the 46th-worst out of 80 properties on the list.

For Sunday editions, Port Huron has dropped 10.6 percent over that time period while Cherry Hill has dropped 10.2 percent.

Battle Creek is listed with 12.2 percent fewer Monday-Saturday subscribers in that time period and 7.3 percent fewer on Sundays. ABC lists the Enquirer at 18,697 subscribers Monday-Saturday and 24,952 on Sundays.

Lansing is listed as having dropped 14.2 percent Monday-Saturday and 7.9 percent on Sundays. ABC lists Lansing as having 53,671 subscribers Monday-Friday, 56,405 on Saturdays and 72,884 on Sundays.


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