Newspaper Group, Johnston Press, owners of The Buteman, have a committed and interesting new CEO.
Ashley Highfield headed up the BBC’s ‘vision multiplatform’ unit, covering new media and technology – and was the man who launched the game changing i-Player.
He is obviously both committed and certain of what he can do to revive the fortunes of the ailing group, long struggling under an increasing debt burden. Highfield has doubled his personal shareholding in the company.
With his background, this is a very interesting appointment. It has to signal a concerted effort to take the group firmly into the online service world.
Given the self-mutilating troglodytic stance of the press conglomerates on creating a productive territory on the Internet, we may just see Johnston take the lead.
There could be exciting times to come – and, through The Buteman, Argyll could have both a stake in it and a ringside seat.