Wednesday October 21, 2020

The Irish Times’s man with a plan

Taking the helm of a national newspaper in 2017 is a prize with huge challenges. The Irish Times’s new editor, Paul O’Neill, plans to shelve further cost-cutting in favour of protecting ‘the things that define and distinguish us’ – and monetising them, too

11th June, 2017
Paul O’Neill, the newly-appointed editor of the Irish Times, says the true measure of his success will be digital subscription figures Picture: Fergal Phillips

There was a time when being appointed editor of a national newspaper, particularly one as significant as the Irish Times, was a jubilant occasion.

Alas, things have changed. When Paul O’Neill’s new role as editor of the 158-year-old newspaper was announced in April, he says he received many messages of congratulations, but every well-wisher also referred to the “challenge” he faced.

His appointment coincides with a time of unprecedented...

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