The editorial director for the firm that owns Deadspin, The Root, The Onion and Gizmodo resigned on Friday, the second time in two years that the publisher’s top editor had stepped down.
Jim Rich, who was beforehand the editor in chief of The Daily News in New York, stated Friday afternoon that he had resigned from the firm, G/O Media, that day. The firm additionally publishes Jezebel, The A.V. Club, Lifehacker and different titles.
In an announcement, a G/O Media spokeswoman stated: “G/O Media has parted company with Jim Rich. He provided stability during a very important time for the company, and we appreciate all of his efforts.”
Mr. Rich declined to say what had prompted his resignation. But he denied that it was associated to a year-old article for Deadspin, G/O Media’s sports activities web site, about Rachel Nichols, an ESPN sideline reporter and host.
The comparatively transient article, on which Mr. Rich was listed as an creator, reported that somebody had despatched Deadspin recordings of Ms. Nichols, made utilizing a video digital camera that she had in her room to do TV hits, talking to a different particular person on the telephone about her profession. The article didn’t point out the specifics of what Ms. Nichols had stated, citing privateness considerations and the indisputable fact that the movies have been “an attempt to discredit Nichols’ job status within ESPN.”
That article acquired scrutiny after The New York Times reported on Sunday that Ms. Nichols had talked in the recording about safe a outstanding on-camera position over one other ESPN reporter. The recording had made the rounds at ESPN and brought on strife at the sports activities media large, The Times reported.
Mr. Rich stated Friday that with the data Deadspin had final yr, there was nothing he would change about the article. “It had absolutely nothing to do with this,” he added of his departure. “There was never any conversation between me and upper management about that story in this past period of time.”
His resignation was reported earlier by The Daily Beast.
Mr. Rich joined G/O Media in January 2020 to edit Deadspin. Nearly two dozen Deadspin newsroom workers had resigned the earlier fall after the chief govt of G/O Media, Jim Spanfeller, fired the web site’s interim editor amid a battle over whether or not Deadspin ought not stray from overlaying sports activities.
Paul Maidment, who as editorial director of G/O Media had circulated the notorious “stick to sports” memo, himself resigned a number of days after the mass departures in November 2019. Deadspin was dormant for a number of months earlier than relaunching underneath Mr. Rich. Mr. Rich was elevated to editorial director in April 2020.