January 12, 2018

Day publisher stepping down mid-year

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Day Publisher Gary Farrugia.

After 16 years at the helm of The Day Publishing Co., which produces southeastern Connecticut news outlet The Day, and other media, Publisher Gary Farrugia has decided to step down mid-year.

Farrugia, 66, of East Lyme, announced his departure in an email Thursday to employees, and elaborated on them in The Day on Thursday. He will remain on the board of directors of the community trust, which governs the publishing outlet. He also will continue to serve as a part-time consultant to D2 Media Solutions, a company marketing initiative, he said in a brief interview Friday.

Farrugia is most proud, he said, that "we have been able to maintain quality news standards for the communities we serve" despite industry-wide troubles exacerbated by the recession and the internet. The trust has helped buffer the news business, he said.

Farrugia also cites diversification as a key factor in keeping its publications afloat during a rocky time for the industry.

In 2002, when Farrugia came on board, The Day invested in Shore Publishing weeklies, and bought them outright in 2008. The company also built theday.com website into a "viable" digital outlet that has attracted more subscribers, he said.

"Eighteen percent of our subscriber base is digital," he said.

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