“We are officially under new ownership,” Publisher Katharine Weymouth says in a memo to staffers. Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos now owns the paper. That means Tuesday’s edition was Don Graham’s last day on the masthead, Post reporter J. Freedom du Lac tweeted:
Don Graham’s last masthead, from this morning’s editions. pic.twitter.com/RPaq8zunwu
— J. Freedom du Lac (@jfdulac) October 1, 2013
The Washington Post Company will “change its name to reflect the newspaper’s sale, but a new name hasn’t been announced yet,” Farhi writes. Graham “has even asked one of his daughters, an opera singer, to help him come up with ideas, people familiar with the matter said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to talk openly about internal discussions,” Jia Lynn Yang reports.
The sale of The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos is now complete. We are officially under new ownership, and a new era for The Washington Post begins.
I want to take a moment to thank Don Graham and The Washington Post Company for all that he and The Company have done over the years to ensure that The Washington Post both prospered as a business and remained a standard-bearer for world-class news reporting and analysis. Thanks to Don’s early understanding of the importance of digital to our future, we were among the first newspapers to begin experimenting with ways to deliver news and information to our readers on digital platforms. With Jeff’s leadership, we will build on that foundation and take The Post to new heights.
I also want to thank all of our colleagues at The Post, particularly those in Finance, HR and Legal, who have labored tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition. A tremendous amount of work was required in a short time, and there is much still to do. They have done an incredible job.
Finally, I want to thank all of you. You have remained focused on the important work you do every day. It is easy to get distracted during a period of change like this, and staying focused is critical to our success. I am looking forward to a great fourth quarter and beyond.