Digital editor Joshua Topolsky leaves Bloomberg

Joshua Topolsky, who was hired by Bloomberg last year to oversee its digital news branch, is now leaving the company because of clashes with founder and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over the design and direction of the website.

Topolsky was hired by Justin B. Smith, chief executive of Bloomberg Media, before the three-time mayor returned to oversee his media empire last year.

According to the New York Times, the former mayor has been very hands-on since resuming control of the company last fall, even becoming involved in matters such as the appearance of graphics on television. In December, he hired John Micklethwait, formerly editor of The Economist, to run news operations.

“After many discussions with Justin and John, it was clear that whatever I did next, I needed to do on my own. With nothing but love and admiration for the people I’ve had a chance to work with and to know, I know that time is right now,” Topolsky told the New York Times in a statement.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Bloomberg editor Jed Sandberg will be in charge of the website for now.

Before joining Bloomberg, Topolsky served as editor-in-chief at The Verge.

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