David Butler, 63, Will Now Oversee 75 Daily Newspapers

By Richard Horgan Comment

DavidButlerPicDigital First Media, headquartered in New York City, has found its man. David J. Butler, editor and senior vice president of the San Jose Mercury News – as well as West editor for the company – has been promoted to chain editor-in-chief.

As such, Butler, age 63, will oversee 75 daily newspapers and other weekly publications that publish across the country. From today’s announcement:

“Dave Butler is a focused editorial leader who will continue to challenge Digital First Media newsrooms to innovate and to continue to transform,” said John Paton, DFM chief executive officer.

Added Butler: “I hope to bring a special appreciation and knowledge to the job having been a long-time editor at both companies (MediaNews Group, Journal Register Company). Our commitment at Digital First Media is unchanged — aggressively pursuing a new and exciting digital future while continue to produce superb, exclusive, local enterprise reporting that makes a difference in the lives of our readers, including those who cherish print.”

Butler succeeds Jim Brady, who is leaving the company May 1, and will remain based in the Bay Area. The announcement comes on the heels of DFM ditching its ambitious Project Thunderdome.