Friday 24 November 2017

Joe's vision was uncompromising - but galvanising

Former Independent Newspapers Managing Director Joe Hayes
Former Independent Newspapers Managing Director Joe Hayes

Michael Denieffe

Denis Joseph Hayes hit Independent Newspapers - and, by association, the Irish newspaper market - in the grey days of 1979, and immediately made a stunning impact.

Joe - the smart, charming, articulate son of Ballyduff - was also tough, abrasive, innovative and not respectful of traditional management and editorial boundaries.

He brought editors and executives from the relative comfort zone of content management, design headline counts and opinion formation into the fraught commercial arena of responsibility for circulation, readership and profitability.

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