August 10, 2016

Will Bourne, the editor in chief of The Village Voice, has been fired from the newspaper after less than a year at the helm of the free weekly.

News of Bourne’s ouster came via an announcement from the The Village Voice Wednesday afternoon noting that the newspaper was undergoing preparations for “an extensive relaunch.”

The Village Voice is undertaking preparations and planning leading up to an extensive relaunch next year. Under the direction of CEO Peter Barbey, we’ve engaged Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy, to spearhead a redesign of the newsprint weekly. We’ve also tapped leading digital product shop Postlight to head the build out of an entirely new website for the brand.

Bourne was editor of The Village Voice in 2013 but left the newspaper amid a disagreement with company management over layoffs. In January, he was brought aboard again by CEO Peter Barbey.

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