Bill Marimow Out as Philadelphia Inquirer Editor

Monday, Oct 7, 2013  |  Updated 5:15 PM EDT
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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Marimow is out as editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The newspaper's publisher, Bob Hall, says he fired Marimow over "philosophical differences on the direction of the company."

A notice sent to staff Monday says Marimow is "no longer employed" by Interstate General Media Inc., a local group that brought him back to the Inquirer last year.

Marimow had previously served as editor from 2006 to 2010.

He tells The Associated Press he isn't commenting.

Hall tells the AO that his decidion to oust Marimow came after weeks of talks and should not surprise anyone.

He says editorial changes are underway to respond to research about what readers want.

Hall would not say if the company's owners signed off on the move. They include influential New Jersey Democrat George Norcross III and former New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz.

The announcement says Stan Wischnowski will serve as acting editor. This is the second time Wischnowski will serve as acting editor, having served in the same role prior to Marimow's arrival.

Norcross and Katz are among the group of powerful local business leaders who bought the company in April 2012 for about $55 million. It was the fifth sale in six years.

The company also includes the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.

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