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Veteran newsman Rick Neville leaves APN for lobbying role

Monday 22nd April 2013

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One of New Zealand's longest-serving editorial managers, Rick Neville, has taken early retirement from his role as chief operating officer for the local operations of APN News & Media to become a lobbyist for the newspaper industry.

Neville, 64, took up the part-time Newspaper Publishers Association role after leaving APN at Easter, in a restructuring, many of which Neville said he had overseen in the past in roles at Independent Newspapers (now Fairfax Media) and APN, where he worked for nine and a half years after a stint with News Ltd in Australia.

A former editor of the Nelson Mail and Evening Post newspapers, Neville said there was "a chance to leave on good terms", having just completed the conversion of APN's regional newspapers to morning, tabloid-sized formats over the last 18 months.

APN has divested community newspapers in Wellington and all its South Island titles in the last year, as the company seeks a new business model at a time when the newspaper industry and journalism are struggling with the impact of digital media on traditional, advertising-based models.

Neville said he believed newspapers still had a future.

"They are important to the well-being of society. They still lead the news each day, I believe. It's difficult in a fragmented market, but newspapers will be here for a while yet."

At APN he planned the launch of the Herald on Sunday, managed APN subsidiary NZ Magazines and headed the teams that established APN's centralised subbing and layout operation. He also set up the APNZ national news service.

His part time role as editorial advisor at NPA involves counselling on a range of activities including media freedom issues, media in courts, lobbying, general industry questions and the Canon Media Awards.

Neville took up his new role on April 11.

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