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Thomson Newspapers Names New Executives

June 24, 1993

TORONTO (AP) _ Thomson Corp. on Thursday named Richard J. Harrington, formerly head of the company’s professional publishing operations, to lead its North American newspaper division.

Harrington becomes president and chief executive of Thomson Newspapers Corp. and will join the board of the parent company, according to the announcement by Thomson Corp. President Michael Brown.

Harrington replaces Michael Johnston, who resigned last month. Johnston remains on the board of Thomson Corp. and serves as a consultant to the publishing group.

Thomson also named new chief executives for the Canadian and U.S. portions of Thomson Newspapers. The corporation publishes 37 daily newspapers in Canada, including The Globe and Mail in Toronto, and more than 100 in the United States. It also has numerous community papers.

Michael Sheppard, current head of Thomson Newspapers in Canada, is being appointed president and chief executive officer of Thomson Newspapers in the United States.

He replaces Joseph Barletta, who on Thursday was named president and chief executive of TV Guide magazine. The magazine is owned by News America Publishing Inc., which is the U.S. arm of News Corp. Ltd., the Australian- based media conglomerate headed by Rupert Murdoch.

Taking over Sheppard’s position in Canada is Sam Hindman, who had been in charge of Thomson’s Mid-South division in Tampa, Fla. Hindman was in charge of 13 dailies in five states.

Harrington had been president of Thomson Professional Publishing, which provides information in business areas such as law, tax, accounting and real estate, since 1989. He joined Thomson in 1982 as head of Thomson and Thomson, a Boston trademark and copyright research firm.

Thomson Corp. recently sold five of its U.S. dailies and a group of weeklies in Indiana. Since 1991, the company has sold or merged about 30 of its smaller newspapers.

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