Sun Media has appointed a new vice-president to lead a reorganization of the company's news operations on all platforms.
Canadian news veteran Eric Morrison is the company's new senior vice-president of editorial.
"Eric Morrison is one of Canada's most experienced news executives and is uniquely qualified to shape a modern, national newsgathering operation," Sun Media president and CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau said. "This is an important step in Sun Media's drive to deliver high-quality news to Canadians, both in the multimedia environment and via our established newspapers, which continue to be the foundation of our operations."
Morrison, an award-winning journalist who served as the former president of the Canadian Press and as a former executive at CTV, will be tasked with heading a national editorial management structure that will integrate Sun Media's English-language newspapers, websites and broadcast channels.
"Creating an effective news organization that will build on the strengths of the Sun Media network is an exciting mission," Morrison said. "All the Sun newspapers, the community papers, local websites and the Canoe national portal are distinctive in that they have always maintained strong links to real people and their real concerns in the communities they serve.
"The driving principles are to be timely, accurate, in-depth and committed to delivering the information and answers Canadians want and need."
The advertising and industrial branches of Sun Media will also be restructured to focus on customers and on business opportunities at the local and national levels.
"Our objective is to create a powerful system that not only improves our editorial products but also structures our sales and operations systems to succeed in today's media marketplace," Peladeau said.
Sun Media, a subsidiary of Quebecor, is the largest newspaper publisher in Canada, publishing 36 paid-circulation daily newspapers and six free dailies, with publications in nine of Canada's 10 largest urban markets. Sun Media also publishes almost 200 community newspapers, shopping guides and other specialty publications.