Ex-AOL exec joins newspaper publisher AH Belo

May 16, 2008

Dallas Morning News and Providence Journal publisher AH Belo Corp is getting some online representation. David Morgan,  who worked at Time Warner’s AOL between September 2007 and February 2008, is joining the Dallas-based company’s board, the Morning News reported on Thursday.

Morgan was founder of Tacoda and Real Media. See Buzzmachine proprietor Jeff Jarvis’s short, complimentary writeup about Morgan here .

Also joining is John Puerner, former publisher of the Los Angeles Times, whose territory butts up against Belo’s Press-Enterprise daily newspaper in Riverside County, California.

Mr. Puerner, 56, a private investor, spent most of his career with Tribune Co. He was publisher, president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Times from April 2000, shortly after Tribune agreed to acquire it, until May 2005, when he retired from Tribune.

And here’s the simple, if somewhat vague reasoning:

“Their backgrounds in both print and Internet media will add crucial insights to the board’s deliberations,” said J. McDonald Williams, lead director of A.H. Belo.

Belo, which recently split from the larger Belo Corp (which remains a television broadcasting company), is yet one more U.S. newspaper company trying to manage the downturn that papers have been going through as print advertisers chase the readers who are leaving newspapers in favor of getting their news online.

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