Sun Media Corporation

Sun Media Corporation

November 02, 2006 11:30 ET

Sun Media Appoints National Editors

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 2, 2006) - Pierre Francoeur, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sun Media Corp., announced the appointment today of five national editors responsible for development of new content across the newspaper chain.

Under the direction of Sun Media Executive Editor-in-Chief Glenn Garnett, the national editors will develop editorial teams and strategies to manage the creation of content in the areas of national and international news, sports, entertainment, business and comment.

The appointment of the national editors is a key element in Sun Media's $7-million investment for the latest newsroom technologies to create a Content Management System that will improve processes to deliver editorial content nationally and at the local level, both online and in print.

Sun Media's new national editors are:

- Mike Therien - National News Editor. Mr. Therien, 40, is Editor-in-Chief of the Ottawa Sun where he has worked since 2004 after three years as Editor-in-Chief at the Toronto Sun. Mr. Therien has held a number of newsroom positions in Ottawa including Managing Editor and News Editor. He began his journalism career at the Sunday Herald in 1987 as a reporter and editor. He is a graduate of the journalism program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, where he taught editing and now serves on the Journalism advisory board. He has won awards for editorial projects and newspaper design. Mr. Therien, married with two children, lives in Kanata.

- Chris Nelson - National Sports Editor. Mr. Nelson, 50, has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Calgary Sun since 1997. He became Managing Editor at the Calgary Sun in 1988 after being City Editor at the Edmonton Sun where he began as a reporter in 1982 when he emigrated from England. He earned the Edward Dunlop Award for directing news coverage of the 1987 tornado tragedy in Edmonton. Married with two children, he lives in Calgary and is active in road racing.

- John Kryk - National Entertainment Editor. Mr. Kryk, 42, has been the Deputy Managing Editor for entertainment and special projects at the Toronto Sun since 2004 following responsibilities as Associate and Assistant Sports Editor. He was a key member of the team that earned the Toronto Sun the coveted Associated Press Sports Editors' ranking among North America's top 10 Sunday sports sections. His 20 years of experience include sports writing at the Sudbury Star and the Timmins Daily Press. He earned a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor and a journalism diploma from St. Clair College in Windsor in 1986. Mr. Kryk is the author of Natural Enemies, a book about the college football rivalry between Notre Dame and Michigan. A native of Windsor, Ont., he lives in Newmarket with his wife and has three children.

- Paul Berton - National Comment Editor. Mr. Berton, 48, is Editor-in-Chief at The London Free Press where he worked as a reporter following editorial stints at The Toronto Star and The Record in Kitchener. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Western Ontario before earning a degree in journalism from Carleton University. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

- P. J. Harston - National Business Editor. Mr. Harston, 39, has been the Business Editor at The London Free Press for a year and a half. Previously he was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Sun Media's 24 hours free daily newspaper in Toronto and helped establish 24 hours in Vancouver. Since graduating from Vancouver Community College's Langara Campus journalism program in 1990, Mr. Harston has held editing positions at newspapers in Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and southern Ontario. He was the founding editor-in-chief of Metro in Toronto, where he also helped establish newspapers in Montreal and Boston, and served for a year as Metro's editor for the Americas. Born and raised in Kincardine, Ont., Mr. Harston lives in London and has two sons.

"My national editors bring a wealth of varied experience to our task of reimagining newspapers for the 21st century," said Mr. Garnett. "We're all excited by the opportunity to develop new features and new voices, and finding new ways to engage our readers."

Sun Media Corporation, a division of Quebecor Media Inc., is Canada's second largest newspaper publishing company with daily newspapers in eight of the top 11 markets in Canada.

Quebecor Media, a subsidiary of Quebecor Inc. (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B), is, through its Videotron Ltd. subsidiary, the third largest cable distribution company in Canada and a major provider of Internet access, as well as telephone and business telecommunications services. Quebecor Media, through its Sun Media Corporation subsidiary, is Canada's leading publisher of a national chain of tabloid and regional newspapers. In the broadcasting area, the company operates Canada's largest general interest, French-language television network, Group TVA Inc., as well as specialized services and a general interest English-language television station, SUN TV. The company also operates CANOE Inc. and its network of Internet properties in both English and French in Canada. Another subsidiary of Quebecor Media, Nurun Inc., is a major supplier of interactive communications and technologies in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. The company also is active in the production, distribution and sale of books and magazines, as well as in the production, distribution and retail sale of cultural products through its Archambault Group Inc., the leading vendor of music recordings in Eastern Canada, and through TVA Films and specialized stores for the rental and sale of videos and computer games under the SuperClub Videotron Ltd. banner, and its Ontario banners Jumbo Video™, Microplay™ and Starstruck Entertainment™.

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