Richard Connor has resigned from MaineToday Media, according to a report on the company's website and an email that just went out to union members.
Al Diamon at DownEast has info on machinations relating to the departure here: http://www.downeast.com/media-mutt/2011/october/mainetoday-media-executive.
Here's the info on the site:
And here's the union letter:
Many of us are saddened to hear that Rich Connor is leaving the company. He helped us build a stronger connection with the community, and he improved the quality of the newspapers, steps that were needed to stabilize circulation. But that is not enough. We must build on that success and deliver news and services on platforms other than newspapers, and we now need a digital-savvy leader who can take us to the next level. The owners of the company are committed to providing that new leadership. To assure that the digital transition will be successful, the union is now negotiating a new contract with MaineToday Media. Negotiations are going well and will be completed soon. The departure of Rich Connor will not slow down the talks. The union is committed to helping the company remain successful. At this time of transition and uncertainty, we must be flexible, but our strength and commitment is also a source of stability for our readers and advertisers, our company and our workforce.In SolidarityTom BellPresidentPortland Newspaper Guild