The New York Daily News ousted its high editor in an sudden shakeup on Monday.
The 102-year-old paper stated its editor-in-chief Robert York is being changed on an interim and “as-needed” foundation by Andrew Julien, the editor and writer of its sibling publication, The Hartford Courant.
Julien will stay high editor of The Courant whereas a seek for a everlasting editor takes place, the company stated. Daily News proprietor Tribune Publishing didn’t return requests for additional touch upon the surprise shuffle.
The announcement, which is efficient instantly, was made by way of memos despatched to Daily News and Courant staffers.
“This is to inform you that effective immediately, Andrew Julien will be serving as interim editor-in-chief on an as-needed basis of the New York Daily News, replacing Robert York,” the memo stated.
The word added that Julien has a career spanning “more than 25 years” and that he “grew up in New York.”
York, who was editor and writer of Tribune title The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania in 2018, grabbed the reins of editor-in-chief of The Daily News in 2020.
In May, Tribune, which additionally owns The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and The Orlando Sentinel, was purchased by the cost-slashing New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital in a deal value $633 million.
The deal made Alden, which additionally owns newspapers via its MediaNews Group subsidiary, the second-largest newspaper chain in the United States behind USA Today proprietor, Gannett.
Since the acquisition, The Daily News and The Courant enacted buyouts, permitting the publications to scale back the headcount of the already lean mastheads. At the time, the NewsGuild, the union that represents journalists at each publications, stated simply eight Daily News staffers and 5 Courant workers took the buyouts.
Alden’s acquisition of Tribune was fiercely opposed by journalists on the media company, because the hedge fund is understood for ruthless cost-cutting and layoffs. Journalists looked for Tribune administration to hunt native house owners that wouldn’t essentially take a scalpel to the business.
Maryland businessman Stewart Bainum Jr. emerged as a possible purchaser for all the chain of papers, however financing didn’t come via and Tribune shareholders authorised Alden’s proposal in May.
The newest upheaval at Daily News comes days after the paper introduced it employed former New York Post gossip columnist and Page Six editor Richard Johnson, who not too long ago got here out of retirement.