Contreras out as head of E.W. Scripps newspaper division

Cincinnati Business Courier

Scripps says in a release that "we deeply appreciate his service," but doesn't say why Mark Contreras was removed as newspapers senior vice president. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne will serve as the acting head of the newspaper division until a permanent executive is named to run the company’s group of daily papers in 13 markets. In 2007, Contreras told his employees that reports of the newspaper industry's demise were "bunk," and encouraged them "to approach your work with the attitude that our best days are ahead of us, not behind us." Last year he served as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America (NAA).

> Read a transcript of Bob McChesney's interview with Contreras in November 2009

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