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Editor-in-chief among five to depart JPI Media in wake of National World deal


Jeremy Clifford, editor-in-chief of JPI Media and a former editor of the Yorkshire Post and Sheffield Star, is among five executives who will leave the publisher in the wake of its recent sale.

Earlier this month, JPI Media was bought by National World, an investment vehicle led by industry veteran David Montgomery, in a £10.2m deal.

And the company has now announced that Clifford, interim chief financial officer Cormac O’Shea, group commercial director Andy Sumner, company secretary Peter McCall and group development director Jason Rowse-Davies will leave the business.

An email to staff from Montgomery said: “In the first weeks we have been greatly encouraged by the passion and quality of the team we have met.

“However, as is typically the case following a change in ownership, we have decided to make some changes to allow the new management team to take over the leadership of the business.”

He said the five departing executives had “played a key role in managing this group through a very challenging period in its history”.

Alongside his duties at JPI, Clifford has chaired the BBC/News Media Association Advisory Panel, which oversees the Local Democracy Reporting Service, since 2017.

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