Ex-CEO Brian Tierney to tell INMA what he would do if he could do it all again


Brian Tierney
Brian Tierney

WWhen Brian Tierney last spoke to INMA three years ago at the Beverly Hills World Congress, he spoke with vigor and confidence that the news industry’s future was bright so long as we get rid of the chip on our shoulder and shed the extreme negativity weighing down our industry. As CEO of Philadelphia Media Holdings, he said changing the culture was more important than almost any best practice. He was deemed an “improbable savior” and an “unlikely warrior.”

Fast-forward to 2011.

Faced with the worst recession in eight decades, Tierney’s investment in 2006 got squeezed enough that Philadelphia Media Holdings went into bankruptcy protection and ultimately was sold at auction. Tierney stepped down as CEO in mid-2010.

INMA has asked Tierney to step back to the industry table one more time, but this for a de-brief Monday, May 16, at the INMA World Congress in New York. If he had it to do all over again, what would he have done differently as publisher of a newspaper? What should the industry be doing now to change? What lessons can publishers outside the United States learn about the U.S. newspaper industry to stave off the challenging times they face?

Will his answers be different today than three years ago?

See below for snippets of his 2008 presentation to the INMA World Congress and a subsequent interview.


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