Tim Redmond, the editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and a 30-year employee of the paper, has left the building.
Redmond acknowledged his departure via this terse post on his new blog. He claims "a major disagreement over personnel and editorial direction" with Todd Vogt, the president of the San Francisco Newspaper Company, led to Redmond's abrupt departure. The former editor says Vogt informed him his resignation had been accepted, but claims to have never submitted a resignation.
Vogt is also the president of the San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly.
Also announcing a departure today from the Guardian "effective immediately" was Caitlin Donohue, the paper's culture editor. Guardian staffers were told that earlier plans to eliminate three editorial positions have since been stayed, for now, with the departures of Redmond and Donohue.
Vogt has not yet returned SF Weekly's messages. A written statement from Stephen Buel, the S.F. Newspaper Company's editorial vice president, is printed below:
"The Guardian has been losing money, and we were forced to contemplate some editorial layoffs. Tim decided to resign rather than follow through with what we were discussing. I am dedicated to reversing the Guardian's fortunes and helping it grow again.
While we will all miss Tim's skills as a journalist, I would like to assure the Guardian faithful that it will remain the progressive newspaper of record in San Francisco. I suspect there will be some skepticism about that, but over time, I am confident that readers will not be disappointed.
And for the record, the very first story that I ever wrote as a freelance journalist appeared in the Bay Guardian back in 1981.
Update 4:30 p.m.: Vogt says Redmond abruptly resigned yesterday at the tail end of a three-week reorganization process of the Guardian -- in which Redmond had been participating. Vogt maintains that Redmond "absolutely, positively" offered a resignation to both him and Buel. Vogt said that Guardian managing editor Marke B and Buel will assess the needs of the paper and, during this period, "there are absolutely no other layoffs planned."