BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Daily News has hired Anthony Ronzio to be its director of news and new media.

Ronzio will take over the position formerly held by Todd Benoit, who recently was promoted to vice president and chief operating officer for the BDN.

Ronzio is currently new media director for Sun Media Group, owner of the Sun Journal in Lewiston. He will join the BDN in mid-January.

In his new position, Ronzio will oversee day-to-day newsroom operations and guide the long-term development of the BDN as it expands its ability to provide engaging coverage to readers across multiple formats, according to Benoit.

“Tony is an excellent journalist and a superb newsroom leader who knows Maine well,” Benoit said. “We’re especially excited about his work on digital products, and know he will be a major asset to the BDN.”

Ronzio’s journalism experience includes stints as chief executive of MaineToday Media’s two newspapers in central Maine, the Kennebec Journal in Augusta and the Morning Sentinel in Waterville; editorial page editor of the Sun Journal; and assistant editor of VillageSoup when the digital-first, community-news website began in Maine’s midcoast region. He also has been president and treasurer of the Maine Press Association.

“I’m excited to join the talented staff of the BDN and look forward to bringing our readers the best journalism in Maine, regardless of which platform they use to access it,” Ronzio said.