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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Always Sunny: Former PD Publisher and Deposed RNC Host Committee Chair Heads to Philadelphia

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Former Plain Dealer publisher Terry Egger is off to Philadelphia, where he'll oversee the Philadelphia Media Network (a parent corporation not unlike the NEOMG) which has, under its umbrella, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia Daily News. 

Egger, who was appointed to the Philly Media Network's board of directors last year, takes over for the aging and massively wealthy media tycoon Gerry Lenfest, who owns the media network all by himself.

In Cleveland, Egger helmed the sinking ship during the early days of "digital restructuring" at the Plain Dealer. It's speculated that he'll be bringing his paring knife and his battle-axe to eastern PA.

"We may have to make adjustments," has been the shareable quote from his interview with the Philadelphia Media Network. A newspaper's gotta be profitable to be viable, he said, as if the Inquirer weren't owned by a man who issued a $40 million challenge grant to raise funds for a Philly museum in 2012.

Maybe Egger's eager to get out of Northeast Ohio. He was of course replaced as the CEO and Chair of the 2016 RNC Host Committee, back in April, under circumstances that the relevant leaders framed as totally non-controversial. 

Egger was the "right leader at the right time," said Sherwin Williams chair and CEO Christopher Connor in a statement released on a Friday evening, when most of the journalists who'd even acknowledge the press release when sober were deep into their third or fourth beer. David Gilbert, who was already the President / Chair / CEO of about 19 other Cleveland organizations —- Destination Cleveland prominent among them — took Egger's place. The corporate line was that Gilbert was much more experienced at running conventions, as opposed to just building hype for them. 

On the subject of building hype, Egger was lampooned in circles sensitive to certain media transgressions, for Publishing the region's sole daily newspaper while sitting on some of the region's biggest and most powerful corporate boards at the same time: the Greater Cleveland Partnership, for one; the Cleveland Clinic, for another; the Cleveland Museum of Art (for whatever that's worth). Egger also chaired the Opportunity Corridor committee, and saw to it that the project was vociferously championed in the pages of his paper. He seemed to have no problem with the fact the he represented a working definition of "conflict of interest." 

Talk about a candidate! Egger was the first non-local publisher of the PD, arriving in 2006 from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and will officially take over in Philadelphia on October 1st 

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