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Ross becomes publisher, editorial director of EM

May 27, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Chuck Ross has been appointed publisher and editorial director of Electronic Media. Mr. Ross, currently the editor of EM, succeeds Marc White, effective June 3.
“Now that EM’s base of operations is firmly ensconced in Los Angeles, the company felt very strongly that the publisher should be in L.A. as well,” Mr. White said. “I have three boys, ranging from grammar school to high school age, and my wife and I decided we did not want to relocate. So when they asked me who I thought should take over as publisher, I unhesitatingly suggested Chuck.”
Mr. White, 46, who has been with the company 24 years, has agreed to remain at EM parent Crain Communications through June 30 to assist in the transition.
“I am grateful for Marc White’s many years of service to our company and I take great pride in the fact that we have the talent and leadership already in house to name an immediate successor,” said Rance Crain, president, Crain Communications. “Marc and Chuck have formed a great partnership over the last several years, leading the publication to the most respected among television, advertising and media executives.”
“I’m saddened that Marc has decided not to move West,” Mr. Ross said, “but he leaves me with a vibrant, exciting publication that the marketplace is eager to be a part of. EM, with a great staff, has become the newsweekly of the TV industry, and I’m very much looking forward to my new responsibilities.”
Mr. Ross, 50, first joined Crain Communications at sister publication Advertising Age in 1996 as media editor. In January 2000, he became editor of Electronic Media. This year EM was named best in business for overall excellence by the prestigious Society of American Business Editors and Writers. With the growth of West Coast coverage and staff, Mr. Ross also presided over the move of the publication from Chicago to Los Angeles in May 2000.