TAMPA — Tampa Media Group has named a new publisher of the Tampa Tribune, concluding a search that began in October.
Brian Burns was promoted to publisher after serving as the newspaper's vice president of sales and advertising since November 2013. Burns replaces Bill Barker, who left to become the publisher of the Naples Daily News.
Burns, 40, will oversee the news and business operations for the Tribune, the St. Petersburg Tribune, TBO.com, Centro and other properties. He came to Tampa following stints at digital advertising systems firm Adiant.com, the North Jersey Media Group and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"We're impressed with him," said Jeff Gray, chief operating officer of Tampa Media Group, which owns the Tribune. "That's why we selected him over all the other candidates."
Gray said Burns will continue to oversee the company's advertising department and his former position of vice president of sales and advertising will not be filled.