SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 13, 2011 (December 8, 2011)
GateHouse Media, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
|350 WillowBrook Office Park, Fairport, New York||14450|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (585) 598-0030
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Section 8 Other Events
Item 8.01 Other Events
On December 8, 2011, GateHouse Media, Inc. (the Company) issued a press release announcing changes to its organizational structure designed to accelerate achievement of the Companys short- and long-term strategic objectives. A copy of the press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1 , which is incorporated herein by reference.
The information furnished pursuant to this Current Report on Form 8-K (including the exhibit hereto) shall not be considered filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be incorporated by reference into any filing by the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, unless the Company expressly sets forth by specific reference in such filing
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
|99.1||Press Release dated December 8, 2011|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|GATEHOUSE MEDIA, INC.|
/s/ Michael E. Reed
|Michael E. Reed|
|Chief Executive Officer|
Date: December 13, 2011
|99.1||Press Release dated December 8, 2011|
GateHouse Media Unveils New Organizational Structure
Change in Structure Designed to Accelerate Digital Growth and Streamline Operations
FAIRPORT, N.Y., December 8, 2011 GateHouse Media, Inc. (the Company or GateHouse Media), a leading multi-media company providing news and information to local communities, today announced changes to its organizational structure with several new appointments. The new structure, which will go into effect on January 2, 2012, is designed to accelerate achievement of the Companys short- and long-term strategic objectives, particularly the growth of its digital product offerings and streamlining operations in order to lower the overall cost structure and provide better support to publications.
Over the last several months, we have been embarking on several strategic initiatives to accelerate GateHouse Medias transformation into a truly multi-media enterprise. Coming out of the early phases of work, it has become clear that we must realign operations to establish a more efficient, dynamic and forward-looking structure that places a strong emphasis on digital channels and services, integration of systems and processes to be more focused and efficient, and new revenue streams, commented Michael E. Reed, Chief Executive Officer of GateHouse Media.
As part of the new structure, several new positions have been created to increase digital focus and integration, including Vice President of Digital, a position that will be filled by new media veteran Michael Moreau. Moreau, who joined GateHouse Media in July 2011, will be responsible for development of the Companys digital strategy and product development. The Company is also promoting David Arkin to Vice President of Content/Audience. Arkin will be charged with creating efficiencies and establishing digital best practices in the newsrooms while ensuring that newsrooms continue to produce the award winning journalism for which GateHouse Media is known.
The Company is also realigning its field operations by Publication type Metros, Large Dailies and Communities rather than by geography. This new structure will better allow GateHouse Media to focus on digital products and improve existing print products while preserving the value of local content. Current Vice President of News & Interactive for GateHouse Media, Brad Dennison has been named Vice President of Publishing Large Dailies. Responsibility for Publishing Communities will be shared between two of our current Regional Vice Presidents, Gloria Fletcher and Nick Monico. The Company will name the Vice President of Publishing Metros in the near future.
James ORourke, current Regional Vice President Atlantic Region, is taking on the role of Vice President of Consumer Marketing with responsibility for expanding standardized consumer marketing practices and optimizing subscriber acquisition channels across the Company through new products, services and pricing strategies.
GateHouse Ventures, which will be led by current Vice President Jay Fogarty, is a newly created business development arm of GateHouse Media responsible for identifying and implementing new opportunities by leveraging the Companys core strengths.
All of the above roles will report to Kirk Davis, President and Chief Operating Officer.
In addition, the publications will now be supported by a newly created Publishing Services group. Paul Ameden, current Chief Information Officer, will lead this group as Senior Vice President, Publishing Services. The streamlined department will include Technology, Production, Distribution and Shared Services, and allow our local operators to remain focused on revenue drivers, content generation and strategic customer touch points. Ameden will report to Michael Reed in this new role.
GateHouse Media already has a tremendously talented and dedicated leadership team in place, added Reed. By realigning their roles and responsibilities against our strategic priorities, we believe the Company is better positioned to achieve our financial goals while we continue to provide the best local content and advertising channels in the markets we serve.
About GateHouse Media, Inc.
GateHouse Media, Inc., headquartered in Fairport, New York, is one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States as measured by its 79 daily publications. GateHouse Media currently serves local audiences of approximately 10 million per week across 21 states through hundreds of community publications and local websites. GateHouse Media is traded in the over-the-counter market under the symbol GHSE.
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