Former IDG Communications CEO Friedenberg named Reuters News president

(Adds Reuters News financials, Friedenberg background)

TORONTO, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp has appointed former IDG Communications CEO Michael Friedenberg as president of Reuters news and media operations, Thomson Reuters said on Tuesday.

Friedenberg will join the company on Dec. 3 and report to Jim Smith, president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters, the statement said. He will be based in New York.

Editorial content will continue to be led by Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler, who will report to Friedenberg.

Friedenberg stepped down as global CEO of IDG Communications, a technology media, data and marketing services company, in October last year after four years in the job, according to his LinkedIn profile. IDG's media brands include popular publications Macworld and PCWorld.

"Michael's understanding of the challenges facing our media customers and proven track record driving profitable growth will add significant strength to our team as we work to further monetize trusted, mission-critical news for our customers," Smith said.

Thomson Reuters sold a majority stake in its financial terminal business to private equity firm Blackstone Group this year. As part of that deal, the new company now called Refinitiv will make minimum annual payments of $325 million to Reuters over 30 years to secure access to its news service, equating to almost $10 billion.

Reuters News will have about $625 million in revenue, including the annual payment from Refinitiv and about $300 million in revenues from its media business, slightly higher than its cost base.

For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Reuters News reported revenue of $71 million on constant currency basis, a drop of 4 percent from a year ago, while adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) fell 17 percent to $6 million. (Reporting by Denny Thomas Additional reporting by Sheila Dang in New York Editing by Susan Thomas)

First Published: 2018-11-13 15:53:08
Updated 2018-11-13 18:03:38

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