Welcome to the fifth edition of the Most Influential People in the North East, our annual publication that turns the spotlight on those individuals who are shaping the destiny of our region.
Booming car maker Nissan takes top place this year in the list of North East Top 200 companies
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A key part of the region's business community The Journal has more ABC1 readers than any other quality regional morning newspaper on sale in the area.
The Journal has 99,273 average issue readers which increases to 209,957 weekly readers.
The average time spent reading The Journal is 33 minutes, which shows the length of time readers are engaging with editorial and advertising content.
23,291* copies of The Journal are sold on average each day, providing advertisers with extensive coverage of the region.
*ABC The Journal 97% Paid Mon - Sat, 1/10/2012 JICREG
Unique Users: 396,000
Page Impressions: 1,200,000
Audience figures from Omniture, monthly average (Jan-Jun 2014).
More than 1 in 3 Journal users have clicked through to an online advertisement, demonstrating that our users are responsive and receptive to Internet advertising messages.
TheJournal.co.uk reaches an internet-savvy audience, with 84% of users having purchased products or services online in the past 12 months.
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Editor-in-Chief, Trinity Mirror North East
Darren was appointed editor of the Chronicle in September 2011, following a six-year spell as editor of the Evening Gazette in Teesside.
He has held a number of senior roles on regional newspapers across England, Scotland and Wales over the last 15 years and is now editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror North East.