NYT Publisher: Pay Had No Part in Top Editor’s Ouster

NEW YORK (AP) -

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of The New York Times, on Thursday denied reports that executive editor Jill Abramson’s dismissal had to do with her complaints over unequal pay with males.

The Times abruptly fired Abramson on Wednesday and promoted managing editor Dean Baquet to replace her. The decision was made due to Abramson’s newsroom management, according to Sulzberger. Abramson had spent two and a half years in the newspaper’s highest editorial position.

In a memo to Times staff, Sulzberger said it is “simply not true that Jill’s compensation was significantly less than her predecessors” or that it played a role that Abramson “could not remain as executive editor” due to her management style.

New Yorker staff writer Ken Auletta quoted an anonymous “close associate” who said Abramson confronted her boss after discovering that both her pay and her pension benefits were less than that of her male predecessor, Bill Keller. Others claimed she tried to undercut Baquet by hiring a additional managing editor.