NPG Co. realigns top management

The News-Press & Gazette Co. has announced a management restructuring designed to position the company for future growth.

The company is on schedule to sell its cable television assets at the end of the month. With the sale, Hank Bradley, current chairman, is stepping back from day-to-day management and taking a role on the board of directors. David Bradley has shifted from president to chairman and chief executive officer. Brian Bradley, Hank Bradley’s son, has assumed the title and responsibilities of president.

David Bradley, who also will continue as publisher and editor of the St. Joseph News-Press, told employees in a message this week the changes are intended to move the company forward.

“Despite selling our cable assets, we believe strongly in the print, broadcast and digital media businesses … We are extremely well positioned in all markets in which we compete and will continue to reinvest in technology and people to maintain our competitive edge. Our family bond is stronger than at any point in history, and we are committed to growing the company for future generations,” he said.

Brian Bradley has served in numerous roles with News-Press & Gazette and has proven himself to be a strong leader, David Bradley said. As the new president, he will direct a five-member senior leadership team:

Bill Severn, previously chief operating officer for NPG Cable, now executive vice president and chief organizational effectiveness officer; Liam Catherall, previously information services manager for NPG Cable, now executive vice president and chief technology officer; John Kueneke, executive vice president and chief operating officer – NPG Broadcast; Lee Sawyer, executive vice president and chief operating officer – NPG Newspapers; and Lyle Leimkuhler, executive vice president and chief financial officer – NPG Co.

News-Press & Gazette traces its roots to the publication of the first Gazette in 1845. Headquartered in St. Joseph, Mo., the company has been owned and operated since the 1950s by the Bradley family, now in its fourth generation of active management.

In addition to Brian Bradley, other fourth-generation family members working for the company are Eric Bradley in Bend, Ore., and Kit Bradley in St. Joseph. They will be joining the company board of directors in addition to fulfilling their regular duties.

The sale of NPG Cable to Suddenlink Communications, a cable operator based in St. Louis, was announced last fall and is expected to close March 31.

The company’s ongoing operations include two daily newspapers and 10 weekly newspapers in Missouri and Kansas, broadcast television and radio stations in six western states and digital media properties in each of the communities it serves.

Ownership of News-Press 3 NOW, the weather and news channel on St. Joseph Cablevision, is passing to Suddenlink Communications but the companies intend to closely collaborate on its operations. The on-air staff will continue to work from a studio in the News-Press newsroom.