Sunday 20 August 2017

Top executive to depart Irish Times

Jim Miley joined The Irish Times in 2014. Stock image
Jim Miley joined The Irish Times in 2014. Stock image
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

The Irish Times is to lose another senior executive, with the departure of its Business to Consumer Director Jim Miley, the Irish Independent has learned.

The veteran media executive, who started in journalism as a reporter with RTÉ, has held the key senior commercial position at the newspaper since 2014, reporting to managing director Liam Kavanagh. He is set to leave in August.

The former Fine Gael general secretary is understood not to be returning to politics.

His departure is the latest in a string of management changes at The Irish Times. In April, Kevin O'Sullivan was replaced as editor by Paul O'Neill. Mr O'Sullivan remains with the paper as science editor. Last September, finance director Peter Callan and Vivien McKechnie, the commercial sales director, exited the business in the midst of major cost-cutting.

Jim Miley joined The Irish Times in 2014, having previously sold the MyHome.ie property website that he co-founded to The Irish Times for €50m in 2006.

He'll leave the newspaper after a stint that included overseeing the introduction of a pay-wall to charge online readers.

Over a varied career, Jim Miley was project director for The Gathering, the Fine Gael/Labour coalition's tourism initiative credited with boosting the sector by €170m.

He has also acted as interim CEO at 4FM and as chairman of the charity Concern.

Last year The Irish Times announced plans to cut costs by €3.5m over three years in a bid to cope with the declining circulation and the struggle to develop online revenue.

Irish Independent

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