Chicago Sun-Times publisher Kirk joins Tribune parent Tronc – Marketing/media News

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11 August 2017 | 7:00 pm

Chicago Sun-Times Publisher Jim Kirk is leaving that paper to join rival Chicago Tribune’s parent Tronc, which just weeks ago was thwarted in a bid to buy the smaller paper.

Kirk will become senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Tronc, reporting to Tim Knight, who is president of the TroncX division, a statement from Tronc today said.

Kirk’s move to the Tribune is the latest shift in a series of executives migrating to the larger Tribune parent following a purchase of that Chicago newspaper chain last year by a group led by Michael Ferro, whose investment group previously owned Sun-Times parent Wrapports. Tronc sought to purchase the Sun-Times and its sister weekly Chicago Reader, but Justice Department antitrust concerns about that merger led to the sale of the Sun-Times last month to a group that includes the Chicago Federation of Labor and a handful of wealthy Chicagoans.

Aside from Tribune, Tronc’s holdings include the Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times. Kirk, 52, will work in each of the company’s markets to help expand digital reach, according to the statement. “I’m pleased to join the company during this time of rapid change and reinvention in the media industry,” Kirk said in the statement.

He previously reported to Knight before Knight left his post as CEO of Wrapports in 2015. Kirk joined the Sun-Times in 2012, after leaving his job as chief of editorial operations at Crain’s Chicago Business.



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