Night of the long knives at three failing newspapers

The New York Times fired its editor, Jill Abramson.

Le Monde forced the resignation of its editor, Natalie Nougayrède.

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Both women are fairly recent appointments. Both had new ideas. Neither was welcomed by the old guard.

In Vienna, the founder-editor of Der Standard, Oskar Bronner, was nudged into retirement. That’s three chiefs in a single day.

The newspaper industry is spiralling towards irrelevance. Rearranging the deckchairs on the top deck will not save the sinking ship.

 

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