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Oakley takes wider role at Mirror Group.

Mr Chris Oakley, former chief executive of Midland Independent Newspapers, is to take on a wider role within Mirror Group, which last year acquired MIN whose stable includes The Birmingham Post.

He is to be given boardroom responsibility for the Mirror-owned Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail following the abrupt departure of Mr Liam Kane, managing director of the two newspapers, and a director on the Mirror board.

Mr Oakley, who has been a Mirror director since the MIN take over at the end of last year, will add Scotland to his regional responsibilities, which already span titles in the Midlands and Northern Ireland.

Mirror will appoint a new managing director of the Record and Mail to succeed Mr Kane.

It is believed Mr Kane had been under pressure because of weak advertising and circulation.

In a separate development, former editor of The Sun, Kelvin Mackenzie, head of Mirror's L!VE TV cable television operation, is expected to step up to become deputy chief executive and group managing director on the retirement of Mr Charles Wilson.
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Author:Wachman, Richard
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 15, 1998
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