Regional publisher Northcliffe Media has made two new senior appointments with the hiring of Tony Dowling from Real Radio Wales and Mark Sainsbury, publisher of Newsquest West Wales.
After 11 years at Real Radio, Dowling will take on the role of managing director of South West Wales Media, stepping into the shoes of Blanche Sainsbury, while Mark Sainsbury will become managing director of Cornwall and Devon Media.
Said Dowling: “I’m so excited to be coming home to work for one of the most respected voices in local media. I feel privileged to lead the team at this pivotal time and I’m looking forward to working with everyone at South West Wales Media.”
He will take up the role in early 2013, while Sainsbury will begin on 3 December.
Said Mark Sainsbury: “I am delighted to be returning to the West Country to work with the team in Cornwall and Devon Media. The business has a portfolio of incredibly strong weekly titles and websites and I’m looking forward to working with everyone in the business to ensure we continue to produce great products for both readers and advertisers.”
Rich Mead, executive director of Northcliffe Media, said: “These are two great appointments for Northcliffe Media. Both Tony and Mark bring a huge amount of local media experience and I am sure they will both do a great job further developing our businesses in Wales and Cornwall.”
Daily Mail General Trust has admitted that it is currently in talks to sell Northcliffe Media to former Mirror Group chief executive David Montgomery.