|The chopping block|
Wilson is the third publisher in the group to leave since September, and at least the 11th newspaper chief executive position to turn over this year among the 81 dailies in the U.S. division. The remarkable turnover follows earlier Gannett Blog speculation that the division was due for a reorganization.
Group Vice President Steve Silberman made the announcement to staff this morning. "Silberman said Wilson had left the paper, but did not specify the reason,'' the paper said.
Silberman said Gannett will conduct "an extensive search" for a new publisher, but said he didn't know how long that might take. Until then, Executive Editor Robert Moore will be interim publisher.
Follows Brown's exit
Wilson's departure follows yesterday's disclosure that Iowa City Press-Citizen General Manager Dan Brown had left that paper under equally mysterious circumstances. And his exit followed that of a third West Group publisher, in September: Richard Ramhoff of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif.
The executives' departures follow reports I've received that West Group dailies have missed revenue targets this year. That's put pressure on group President Hollingsworth, who delivered the bad news to staff in Iowa City and Palm Springs.
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[Photo: Wilson, the Coloradoan]