The World: Amsterdam - Dutch newspaper chief quits after year in role

Ton aan de Stegge, the chief executive of PCM Uitgevers, one of Holland's largest newspaper groups, has quit after just a year with the company.

He cited policy disagreements with the new majority shareholder, the Dutch foundation Stichting Democratie en Media, as the reason for his departure.

However, other reports suggest that it was because aan de Stegge learned of secret discussions between SM&D and the regional publisher Noordelijke Dagblad Combinatie with a view to a merger with PCM.

Two of the three remaining non-executive board members of PCM have also resigned following aan de Stegge's departure.