Dave Butler, editor in chief of nationwide newspaper chain Digital First Media, announced on Wednesday that he plans to retire sometime this fall.
In a memo to senior editors of Digital First Media, Butler said his departure was motivated by “personal and professional reasons” and made reference to a thwarted sale of the company that might have seen him replaced by new managers.
“As many of you know, I turned 65 in June and my wife Kate has been spending much of her time working out of AP’s headquarters in New York,” Butler wrote. “Like many of you, we had expected that the company would be sold and that new management would come — and I would go out! Well, that obviously didn’t happen so I have been reflecting on what to do and concluded that for personal and professional reasons, now is the right time to go.”
In the memo, Butler said he will assist in the search to find a new head editor for the company, the second-largest newspaper group in the United States by circulation. Read more