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Following last week's departure of Mirror Group's chief executive, David Montgomery, it seems certain that the group will now be sold. And there is also a growing belief in the industry that it will ultimately be broken up. Would that be good news for the flagship tabloids?
What now for Mirror Group, now that Monty's gone? I Some say the answer is simple: health, wealth and happiness all round. David Montgomery, who resigned as Mirror Group's chief executive last week, had many detractors. And the ones with the greatest combination of motive and opportunity -- disgruntled ex-Mirror and Independent journalists -- managed to portray him as an arch Dickensian villain: a soul-less, humourless tyrant who took a more than natural delight in penny-pinching. Things, as someone once said, can only get better.
There's another side, of course. Detractors remember only that Mirror Group's previous proprietor, Robert Maxwell, went for an …