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MediaNews replaces John Armstrong

John Armstrong, publisher of the MediaNews Group papers in the East Bay including the Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune, has been replaced by a Mercury News circulation executive, David Rounds.

Armstrong (pictured), 65, said that his bosses “concluded that I didn’t have the skill set that really was a good fit for the company as it moves forward,” according to a report in the Contra Costa Times.

Armstrong is a 45-year veteran of the news business who came to the CC Times as editor in 1995, less than a week before Times heiress Margaret Lesher sold the paper to Knight Ridder for $360 million. He took over leadership of all East Bay operations in 2006 when MediaNews acquired the Times.

Mac Tully, publisher of the Merc and head of MediaNews Group’s Bay Area Newspaper Group, announced Armstrong’s removal in the Times’ newsroom on Monday.

Here’s the memo Tully sent to employees about the shakeup:

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