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Digital First Media Announces the Appointment of Steven B. Rossi as Chief Operating Officer

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 01/13/14 -- Digital First Media today announced the appointment of Steven B. Rossi as Chief Operating Officer. The appointment is effective immediately.

"Steve brings a deep knowledge of newspapers and the industry to this new position. He has been on the frontlines of the changes affecting our industry and has proven adept at finding solutions for success," said John Paton, Chief Executive Officer of Digital First Media.

Mr. Rossi, who has been an Executive Vice-President of Digital First Media for the last two years, has a long and distinguished career in newspapers. His previous positions include: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MediaNews Group; Chief Financial Officer of Knight Ridder; President of Knight Ridder Newspaper Divisions; Senior Vice-President of Knight Ridder Newspapers and Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

In his role as Chief Operating Officer Mr. Rossi will be responsible for the Company's day-to-day operations including sales.

"The size and scale of Digital First Media provides opportunity for growth in revenue and growth in audience. We operate in key media markets across the nation and we have assembled tremendously talented teams. I am excited to take on this key leadership position and work with our leadership team to continue to move the Company forward," said Mr. Rossi.

In other developments, Digital First Media Chief Financial Officer Barbara Bennett will take on the additional responsibilities of over-seeing DFM's Information Technology; Legal Services and Corporate Communications initiatives. Ms. Bennett will continue to report to Mr. Paton.

About Digital First Media
Digital First Media, headquartered in New York City, reaches 67 million Americans each month through more than 800 multi-platform news and information products across 18 states.

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