Holden to quit Ashton weeklies

Barrie Holden, who jointly acquired ailing Ashton Weekly Newspapers in Manchester from United Newspapers, has relinquished his position as managing director of the group.

In six years, he has rebuilt the company’s seven titles, turning the Tameside Reporter group and Glossop Chronicle from 48-page mono to 104 page full-colour publications.

Holden, a former divisional managing director with Emap newspapers and editor-in-chief of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, said: “Having rebuilt the newspapers, I felt the time was right to move on and do something else. The company was on its knees when we bought it and was a huge challenge to turn it around. But we did it, and now I’m looking forward to the next challenge.”

Holden also helped mastermind the takeover and sale of the Adscene Group and was group managing director for more than a year.

He helped turn the Peterborough Evening Telegraph into Emap’s flagship before moving to Yorkshire to run the group’s northern division, including the Scarborough Evening News.

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