Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tallahassee | Dorsey quits to be pub at Halifax

Pat Dorsey has been the Tallahassee Democrat’s publisher since August 2005, when Gannett bought the paper from Knight-Ridder.

Yesterday, Dorsey, 44, told staff he's leaving Oct. 1 for the chief executive's job at Florida's Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which the New York Times Co. sold to Halifax Media Group in January.

Sarasota's weekday circulation is 60,141 80,000. Tallahassee's is about 35,000.

In a story announcing Dorsey's move, the paper didn't quote anyone at Corporate or say anything about plans to replace him.

Privately-owned Halifax continues to grow. In June, it closed a deal with Freedom Communications to buy eight daily and 11 weekly publications in Florida and North Carolina.

Halifax now owns 38 daily and weekly papers in five states, including 18 daily and weekly newspapers in Florida, according to the Democrat. The company was formed in 2010 with the purchase of Florida's Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Sarasota was one of 16 dailies in the NYT Co.'s community newspaper group sold when the company was raising cash. The sale became controversial because Halifax initially required employees at the 16 papers to sign contracts agreeing they wouldn't work for another competing company for two years after leaving Halifax -- even if Halifax fired them. Halifax later rescinded the requirement under pressure.


  1. I can understand leaving Gannett, but moving to Halifax? They're even worse.
    He must want to be closer to the beach.

  2. who gives a fuck

  3. Not only closer to the beach, but farther away from Gannett. That's a winner as far as I'm concerned.

  4. last of the Coleman guys Mark M and Pete Z already moved on


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