The Washington Post is replacing Marcus Brauchli, its executive editor for the last four years, with Martin Baron, 58, editor of The Boston Globe. The change will take effect on Jan. 2 but Brauchli will stay with the company .
The changes come, said the New York Times, with the Post "facing steep financial challenges and striving to find profitability as readers abandon print newspapers for digital formats."
But the company’s problems have been made worse, said the Times, by internal tension between Brauchli and publisher Katharine Weymouth, the granddaughter of Katharine Graham, the longtime publisher. The relationship " chilled as she pushed him to make newsroom cuts he was uncomfortable with," the NYT said, citing people in the newsroom .
“We are thrilled to have Marty Baron lead The Washington Post’s newsroom,” said Weymouth..
“He has a demonstrated record of producing the highest quality journalism, which matches the legacy and expectations of The Post.”
Brauchli joined the paper in 2008, leaving The Wall Street Journal after it was taken over by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Under him , The Post won four Pulitzer Prizesa. He will stay on as a vice president of the company and evaluate new media opportunities.
The Post’s circulation from Monday through Friday declined to 507,615 in March, compared with 698,116 in 2007. The company has already started laying off staff in departments like advertising and technology.