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March 7, 2008

Chief editor of Ringier romanian “Evenimentul Zilei” resigned

Filed under: newspapers,on the move,romania — iann @ 10:24 am

Razvan Ionescu, editor-in-chief of one of the most important quality daily romanian newspapers “Evenimentul Zilei” resigned yesterday. He sent an e-mail to Ringier’s management in which he accused the fact that the management wasn’t enough involved in sustained the newspaper in the last years. He is leaving current position after more than 3 years and in his mandate EVZ was transformed in best designed Romanian newspaper but it lost premier position in quality segment on behalf of Jurnalul National [edited by romanian Intact Group owned by Voiculescu Family].  This leaving is one of last mouvements in Ringier Romanian division of reference newspapers [daily Evenimentul Zilei and business weekly Capital] after Iulia Dinu [head of Division] and Cristi Mihalache [head of advertising sales]. In Romania Ringier is most important publisher with tabloid Libertatea [leader of the market], quality Evenimentul and weekly Capital and also a division of magazines.

See below some fragments of Ionescu’s leaving email:
“I have presented Ringier’s management my resignation from the editor in chief position of Evz. I have informed Marius Hagger, the new general director of Ringier Romania. I truly regret that I have chosen this way of announcing you that in a short period of time I will be leaving Evz. All I have to say is that it has been a difficult decision to make.

I’m leaving Evz because this newspaper hasn’t evolved, commercially speaking, in the past years.  The distribution, marketing and sales strategies of this newspaper have never been accomplished since 2005, when they were proposed. I’m leaving this position because of the major difference between management styles and conceptions regarding the competitive struggle that this newspaper is carrying.

Our editorial stuff’s solutions are good or bad, bud Ringier’s solutions don’t even exist. I only wish to send away a part of possible theories of conspiracy. The decision is 100% mine. My decision hasn’t anything to do with the latest change of position regarding the executive director, the third in two and a half years. It is just another important issue that leads to our disagreement regarding the management of the newspaper. It is needed strong individual characters in order for Evz to be run. In the last years Evz has gone through difficult times and crises. It has surpassed those difficult times with the help of a strong and united team.”


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