David Newell, chief executive of the News Media Association, has announced that he will be retiring from the NMA next summer.
He said: “Earlier this year, I announced to the NMA Board that I planned to step down as NMA CEO and retire from the NMA in June 2021. This will enable plans to begin to find my successor. The NMA plays a vital role for the news publishing industry and I have been very lucky as its CEO to work with a dedicated Board and team which have partnered on projects and campaigns which sustain the role of the free media in the UK.
“There is much work to do and I hope that, by the time of my retirement, substantial progress has been made in our current discussions with the Government on policies which will help sustain the industry and its world-beating journalism.”
NMA chairman Henry Faure Walker said: “David oversaw the creation of the News Media Association in 2014 to provide a united voice for the national and local news media industry. He is a strong defender of the press freedom issues which underpin our democracy and a passionate advocate of the importance of independent journalism. I look forward to continuing to work with him over the coming months as we commence the process of recruiting his successor.”
The NMA has appointed communications and advocacy headhunters Ellwood Atfield to help in the recruitment of a successor.