Sunday 21 January 2018

INM veteran Denieffe calls it a day after stellar career

Michael Denieffe. Photo: Frank McGrath
Michael Denieffe. Photo: Frank McGrath
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

Journalist Edward McCann has been appointed as the new Group Managing Editor at Independent News & Media (INM).

He was previously Deputy Editor at the Belfast Telegraph, part of the INM group.

He takes over from veteran journalist Michael Denieffe who is retiring this month following a stellar career lasting almost 45 years with the company.

Michael Denieffe was previously Group News Editor, Editor of the Evening Herald, Pre-Press Manager, and IT Director at INM. He represented the newspaper industry on the Press Council for two terms.

“My genuine regret in finally calling it a day after such a long and fruitful career is tempered by the fact that Independent Newspapers is now positioned to further consolidate its market position and that my successor, Ed McCann, has all the attributes, skills and experience to play a pivotal role in that enterprise,” Michael said.

INM chief executive officer Robert Pitt said: “I would like to thank Michael for his great service to Independent News & Media over many years during which he has held important senior editorial and managerial roles. He is one of the most respected newspaper professionals in Ireland. I also wish to welcome Ed McCann to his new role in INM, which is at a time of transition and positive change for the company and its digital and print offerings.”

Group Editor-in-Chief at INM Stephen Rae said: “Michael is a legendary figure in the industry. He has been a tremendous servant of INM over many decades and one of our most distinguished editors. He has worked in every aspect of the editorial and IT disciplines, most recently serving as managing editor where he has been a great mentor to our journalists. His credibility has been acknowledged at the highest level in all areas where he has worked, from law and mediation to project management and systems implementation.

“I very much look forward to working along-side Edward McCann in an exciting and challenging period for the business.”

Edward McCann, who is a married father of one, joined INM in 2003. He previously worked for the Daily Mirror, Irish News and Andersonstown News. In his time with INM he has worked as Associate Editor with the Irish Independent, and Operations Editor and Deputy Editor at the Belfast Telegraph.

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