The New York Times has suddenly replaced its executive editor
Jill Abramson is out
A spokesperson for The New York Times said that her deputy Dean Baquet, the managing editor, would replace Abramson. The rumour mill suggests that Abramson – who previously worked in Washington for the Wall Street Journal – was fired by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of the New York Times Company and publisher of the paper.
Sulzberger has neither confirmed or eliminated the rumours, only stating that he choose "to appoint a new leader for our newsroom because I believe that new leadership will improve some aspects of the management of the newsroom."
Abramson's departure marks the end of the first women lead editorship of The New York Times and Baquet's appointment in her place will make him the first African American executive editor of the Times. Commenting on his promotion, the 57 year old said "It is an honour to be asked to lead the only newsroom in the country that is actually better than it was a generation ago, one that approaches the world with wonder and ambition every day."