Paton appointed CEO of MediaNews Group

By the Associated Press | September 7, 2011 | 11:20 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — John Paton has been appointed CEO of MediaNews Group Inc., replacing William Dean Singleton, who announced in January he would step down as chief executive.

The Denver Post reports Wednesday ( ) that Singleton would remain chairman of MediaNews and publisher of The Post and The Salt Lake Tribune.

MediaNews owns more than 50 newspapers.

Singleton also is chairman of The Associated Press.

MediaNews also says it entered into an agreement with newly created Digital First Media, headed by Paton, to provide management services and lead the execution of the company's business strategy.

Paton and Digital First Media will also manage The Journal Register Co., which has 18 newspapers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Connecticut, Ohio, New Jersey and New York, and other publications and websites.