The Daily News gets an “as needed” editor until a new one is found.
Robert York, editor of the New York Daily News, is replaced on an interim basis and “as needed” by Andrew Julien, editor and publisher of his corporate brother The Hartford Courant, who will retain this post. while a search for a permanent editor is taking place, said an executive at the newspaper publishing house.
The change, which took effect immediately, was announced Monday in notes sent to staff at Daily News and Courant by Toni Martinez, head of human resources at the newspaper’s parent company, Tribune Publishing. A Tribune spokesperson confirmed the news but did not give a reason for Mr York’s departure.
Mr York, who was editor and publisher of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., Another Tribune headline, before taking over as director of The Daily News in 2018, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning .
Mr. Julien “grew up in New York and looks forward to working with the talented staff of the Daily News,” Ms. Martinez wrote.
The Daily News, the tabloid that was once the nation’s most widely circulated newspaper (and the inspiration for The Daily Planet, where Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent worked), and The Courant are under new ownership. In May, Tribune was acquired by New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital in a deal worth $ 633 million.
Other Tribune newspapers include The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and The Orlando Sentinel. The deal effectively made Alden, which also owns newspapers through its subsidiary MediaNews Group, the second-largest newspaper chain in the United States after Gannett.
The Daily News and The Courant both laid off staff through proposed buyouts shortly after the acquisition was completed. Eight Daily News staff and five Courant staff had buyouts approved in May, according to figures compiled by the NewsGuild, the union representing journalists from both newspapers.
Alden’s acquisition of Tribune met with opposition from Tribune newspaper reporters, who urged previous management to seek out local and benevolent owners for the Tribune newspapers. A Maryland businessman who wanted to donate The Sun to a new local non-profit group mounted an alternative bid, but its funding was unsuccessful and Tribune shareholders approved Alden’s proposal in May.