Robin Burgess, ex-Chief Executive of The Bay’s previous owner CN Group has died at the age of 68 from cancer.
Robin leaves a wife Alex and four children, Rose, Kate, Rachel and James.
A family spokesman said: “Robin was a very good, decent and kind man, aware of his responsibilities to his community and all around him. He loved his family, his county and his newspapers. We shall miss him.”
Robin retired in 2016 after being in charge of the business in Cumbria for over 30 years, whilst continuing as Non-Executive Chairman of CN Group.
CN Group sold its last remaining assets to Newsquest just 12 months ago, after selling its last radio stations to Global in November 2017.
The newspaper company entered the radio market originally by having a shareholding in CFM, then went on to purchase The Bay (and later, Lakeland Radio). It also owned stations in Northern Ireland and the Midlands during its radio years.
Jonathan Lee, Managing Director of Newsquest Cumbria, told the local press: “This is such sad news. Robin was a true gentleman, highly respected across the industry and across the community. He was passionate about making sure the media served its community, always taking a keen interest in everyone he met. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. All our thoughts are with Alex and the family.”