Irish Daily Star editor Ger Colleran has been appointed managing director of Independent Star, the joint venture between Independent News & Media and Express Newspapers. Colleran replaces Paul Cooke , who said he is leaving to pursue “fresh challenges” but declined to go into any more detail just yet., according to reports in Marketing.ie
Colleran, 56, has been Irish Daily Star editor since 1999. A native of Mayo, who grew up in Quin, Clare, he was previously editor of the Kerryman. Colleran’s replacement has yet to be announced but it may go to someone from the Star, or INM. Contenders include Star news editor Michael O’Kane and Des Gibson, former editor of the Irish Daily Star on Sunday, which closed early this year.Possible candidates at INM include Noirin Hegarty, editor of Independent.ie and Stephen Rae, editor of the Evening Herald.
In August, the Irish Daily Star had sales of 84,138, of which 7,449 were in the North.
Ger Colleran is a keen sports fan and enjoys hurling, Gaelic Football and Golf. A regular panellist on current affairs shows on RTE and TV3, Colleran never minces his words. In a recent issue, Phoenix magazine described him as “the best tabloid hack in Ireland”.
The outspoken but well respected Colleran is the longest-serving editor of a national daily newspaper in Ireland. The most controversial moment in his time at the Star was in 2000 when motorcyclist Joey Dunlop was killed in Estonia after his bike hit a tree. The Star came in for a lot of flak from Liveline listeners for running a front page photo of Dunlop just after the crash.
To this day, says Marketing.ie , Colleran defends the use of the photo. “We don’t treat our readers like babies,” he said. “We don’t sugarcoat, we treat them like grown adults. It would be a disservice to our readers. We’re there too when Henry Sheflin raises the cup and celebrates and when Stephen Roche was in Paris (Tour de France).”
Latest figures show the Irish Daily Star had a circulation of 84,138 copies a day.