Robert York, the editor-in-chief of The Daily News of New York, is being replaced temporarily and “as needed” by Andrew Julien, the editor and publisher of his corporate brother The Hartford Courant, who will remain in that position. while a permanent editor is being sought, says a director of the newspaper’s publishing house.
The change, which took effect immediately, was announced Monday in memos that Toni Martinez, an HR executive at the newspapers’ parent company, Tribune Publishing, sent to employees of Daily News and Courant. A Tribune spokesman confirmed the news but gave no reason for Mr York’s departure.
Mr. York, who was the editor and publisher of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, another Tribune title, before taking on the editorship of the Daily News in 2018, declined to comment Monday.
Mr. Julien “grew up in New York and is eager to work with the talented staff at The Daily News,” Ms. Martinez wrote.
The Daily News, the tabloid that was once the country’s largest circulation newspaper (and the inspiration for The Daily Planet, where Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent, worked), and The Courant are getting new owners. In May, Tribune was bought by New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital for a $633 million deal.
Other Tribune papers include The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and The Orlando Sentinel. The deal made Alden, which also owns newspapers through its subsidiary MediaNews Group, the second largest newspaper chain in the United States after Gannett.
Both The Daily News and The Courant sold off staff through buyouts offered shortly after the acquisition. Eight Daily News employees and five Courant employees approved buyouts in May, according to figures compiled by the NewsGuild, the union that represents journalists at both newspapers.
Alden’s takeover of Tribune was opposed by Tribune newspaper reporters, who urged previous management to seek local, well-meaning owners for Tribune newspapers. A Maryland businessman who wanted to give The Sun to a new local nonprofit group made an alternative offer, but its funding fell through and Tribune shareholders approved Alden’s proposal in May.