New News American prez

Patrick J. Purcell, 45, has been named president and chief executive of News American Publishing, which will give him oversight over its magazines, TV Guide and Mirabella; its newspaper, the Boston Herald; and two Sunday newspaper insert operations.

Purcell, who has been with the company since 1980, is currently publisher of the Boston Herald and president of News American/Newspapers. He is a former publisher of the New York Post.

Purcell replaces Les Hinton, who was named chairman and chief executive of Fox Television Stations.

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