Alabama Media Group, NOLA to merge; Mathews back over Bama – LagniappeLagniappe

In the media world, past is often prologue, and that’s particularly the case at al.com and the Press-Register after it was announced former publisher Ricky Mathews will once again be running the show for the Newhouse corporation in Alabama.

Monday it was announced Mathews, who has been running NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans since leaving the Press-Register in March 2012, is now heading a new company that will combine the NOLA Media Group and Alabama Media Group. The Southeast Regional Media Group, as the company is known, will operate all of Newhouse’s Advance Publications entities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Mathews’ return to Alabama was greeted with groans by former Press-Register employees who view him as a “hatchet man” with a high tolerance for the pain some feel when slashing budgets and staffs.

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