The editor of The Journal, Brian Aitken, has left his role following the announcement of a new management structure by the newspaper’s publisher Trinity Mirror.
The managing director of Trinity Mirror in the North East, Russell Borthwick, and Brian Green, general manager of GMC – Trinity Mirror’s Teesside operation – also left yesterday.
Trinity Mirror said the new senior management structure would create a more streamlined publishing operation.
It said the reorganisation was designed to benefit the group’s editorial output and commercial performance.
A spokesman said the company thanked Mr Aitken, Mr Borthwick and Mr Green “for their great contribution to Trinity Mirror.”
Trinity Mirror chief executive Simon Fox said: “We are making rapid progress as we accelerate our digital growth and I am confident that this new organisation will enable our editorial teams to deliver great content across multiple platforms, while our commercial teams can focus solely on delivering market-beating revenue performance across print and digital.”
Mr Aitken joined The Journal 11 years ago after a career in newspapers both in England and Scotland, and has since been responsible for a series of business and political campaigns and initiatives underlining the newspaper’s agenda-setting reputation.
Earlier this year he stepped up to take on the new role of business director, retaining the role as editor of The Journal until a new appointment was made.
As the newspaper adapts to the digital age, he drove the development of new platforms, including The Journal Anytime, its new edition for tablet and mobile devices.