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Nanaimo Daily News publisher is Nanaimo’s second-most powerful person, Nanaimo Daily News says

January 31, 2013

Every year the Nanaimo Daily News puts out its list of the city’s most powerful people.

This year’s list — the first published under the paper’s new managing editor Mark MacDonald — has anointed the News’ own publisher, Hugh Nicholson, as the paper’s second-most powerful person.

According to the story:

The Daily News publisher is also division manager of the Vancouver Island Newspaper Group, and is considered a go-to man within Glacier Media ranks. Nicholson plans to turn the Daily News into the flagship newspaper for the Glacier chain. His most recent project included the impressive re-launch of the Harbour City Star.

Nicholson is seven spots ahead of Nanaimo mayor John Ruttan, who topped last year’s list. He’s also 13 spots ahead of Shawn Atleo, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. As one commenter pointed out, 14 names are new and didn’t make the list last year. Nicholson is one of them, having only been appointed publisher last summer.

Of note, though, former NDN publisher Curt Duddy was ranked fifth both in 2010 and 2012. He wasn’t on the list in 2011 because “opted out to make room for someone else on the list.” (The publisher of the Nanaimo News Bulletin has not made the list in the last four years.)

Also of note, spots No. 4, 5 and 6 are occupied by car dealers — two of whom made the cut last year. Twelve of the list members are business owners. (I emphasize the number of businesspeople because building MacDonald emphasized bridges in his manifesto for turning around the newspaper industry.)

According to the paper:

Those who were on the list last year, but didn’t make the cut on this year’s list: businessman Hadi Abassi, publisher Curt Duddy, school district chairman Jamie Brennan, Snuneymuxw chief Doug White, VIHA president Howard Waldner, B.C. Ferries president and CEO Mike Corrigan, Nanaimo Port Authority president Bernie Dumas, MP Leonard Krog, Grace Elliot-Nielsen, Dawn Anderson, Paralympian Michelle Stilwell, Wendy Pratt, MP James Lunney.


  1. Mighty pen and pad
    February 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Hugh Nicholson’s only been there for a little more than a year and already he’s been named by his own editor as the second most powerful person in Nanaimo? I’m sorry, but Mark MacDonald is going to have to wipe a gob of brown stuff off his nose after that one. I noticed they’ve been bold facing business names in their copy too in an effort to butt smooch, I mean bridge build but this is too much. In additions to the Nat. Inquirer gossip column I’ve also noticed an editorial shift in how aboriginal news stories are covered, or not covered more to the point. MacDonald is trying to change the rag to set his own mark kind of like the same way a dog marks his territory: by pissing on it.

  2. Nananimo news hound
    February 10, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I do not know what information the newspaper used to measure and compile the list of Nanaimo’s most powerful people, but I trusted its journalistic integrity. Then I read the paper’s new column titled “Over the Back Fence” and my belief in the integrity of the newspaper was turned upside down. This weeekly column seems to gossip about Nanaimo people, pick on city employees and stir up trouble. In Janurary’s first editon it states…..

    “…Upper management of the city AKA “the cluster” enjoys a sumptuous breakfast at the downtown White Spot once a week. That’s probably $100.00 per sitting for everyone and with 52 breakfasts a year that’s more than $5000. That is if taxpayers are paying for it. Are we?”

    Then in the February 09th edition, the column asks…

    “… Is it true that there’s a senior member of the city of Nanaimo who receives a $600.00 per month car allowance, but walks to work everyday?”

    This gossip column makes me question the role of the newspaper and its journalists. I feel spied upon as a resident of Nanaimo. I’d go as far to say I feel bullied by a newspaper that can publicly say anything it wants without backing it up with truth or facts.

    I like your blog and would like to read what you think about this gossip appearing in the Nanaimo Daily News.

  3. Cam Clay
    February 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    The age of printed newspapers is over.
    Can’t compete with the web and it is extremely expensive to operate.
    Also unnecessarily environmentally devastating.
    Smart phones and the like are the new medium.
    It is actually a very exciting new age.

  4. courier.yvr@gmail.com
    January 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Maybe he was inspired by Gandhi’s advice to “be the change you want to see in the world.”

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