As of Monday, the New York Every day Information will not have an editor in chief or a writer.
Arthur Browne, the veteran editor who has been juggling each jobs, is retiring on December 31. The paper’s new owner, Tronc, knew about his impending retirement when it purchased the paper in September — however hasn’t employed a substitute.
So the storied New York Metropolis tabloid will function with out official management in the interim.
When CNN contacted him on Friday, Browne confirmed that his successor has but to be named. “The workplace will likely be broom clear when he or she arrives,” he stated.
Publishers typically title an interim editor, however not on this case.
“We’re within the midst of a seek for the subsequent editor in chief of the New York Every day Information and count on to make an announcement within the subsequent few weeks,” a Tronc spokeswoman instructed CNN.
The corporate declined to say whether or not there may be additionally an ongoing seek for a brand new writer.
Main newspapers have traditionally had separate editors and publishers, with the editor working the newsroom facet and the writer overseeing the enterprise facet. However in most of its markets, Tronc (beforehand generally known as Tribune) has merged the editor and writer jobs.
(Earlier this yr, nevertheless, Tronc once more cut up the 2 jobs when it replaced the editor-publisher of the Los Angeles Occasions.)
Browne, a longtime deputy editor on the Every day Information, was named editor in chief again in October 2016, when Mortimer B. Zuckerman nonetheless owned the paper. When Zuckerman decided to sell in September 2017, Tronc added writer tasks to Browne’s plate.
However Browne had beforehand instructed Zuckerman that he deliberate to retire by mid-2018. When Tronc took over, he agreed to remain till the top of 2017, giving the brand new proprietor about 4 months to discover a successor.
Tronc was not precisely embraced by Every day Information staffers. The writer has been criticized for deep price cuts at papers like Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Occasions. Its digital technique, filled with false begins and do-overs, has been derided by analysts and onlookers. There was recent criticism this month when an SEC submitting revealed that Tronc chairman Michael Ferro is being paid $5 million per yr for the subsequent three years.
In order Browne’s retirement date neared, colleagues began to marvel aloud — what’s Tronc going to do? Who’s going to run the paper?
It is grow to be one thing of a thriller.
“I’ve by no means heard of a paper functioning with out at the least an appearing editor in chief for any time period,” Browne’s predecessor Jim Wealthy instructed CNN. “At a second the place native protection is teetering getting ready to extinction, it is miserable to assume that that is the state of affairs at what was as soon as a stalwart of native journalism.”
Wealthy is engaged on launching a nonprofit native information website for the New York space.
Browne instructed CNN he doesn’t have one other job lined up.
“This former copy boy plans to affix my colleagues on New 12 months’s Eve to witness the sensible development of my final Every day Information entrance web page,” Browne stated. “I’m departing from the Every day Information as a result of after nearly 44 years it is time to discover new fascinating, enjoyable, rewarding methods to spend my time. I’m exploring a number of very totally different paths so at this level: Who is aware of?”
In an announcement, Tronc celebrated Browne’s tenure on the newspaper.
“A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Arthur has served as editor in chief, editorial web page editor and led a staff that gained a Pulitzer for Floor Zero sicknesses in 2007. He has led the newsroom by a time of speedy change and we’re grateful,” the corporate stated.
CNNMoney (New York) First revealed December 30, 2017: 11:46 AM ET
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