After returning to The Village Voice at the beginning of this year as editor in chief, Will Bourne is once again out.
Here’s today’s official statement from the paper:
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.
As part of these changes, Will Bourne has stepped down as editor in chief. Managing editor Meave Gallagher will assume editorial responsibilities in the interim pending formal announcement of The Village Voice’s next editor in chief. We thank Will for the contributions he’s made to the paper and wish him the best as he continues his career.
Publisher Suzan Gursoy and creative director Andrew Horton remain on the masthead.
Pentagram, which bills itself as the world’s largest independent design consultancy, has worked with all kinds of other media clients including Vanity Fair, Saturday Night Live and 21st Century Fox.
Update (3:00 p.m.):
The paper’s statement put a bit too fine a point on Bourne’s departure. Moments ago, he tweeted this:
Actually I was fired. If we’re being honest with ourselves/your readers. Will Bourne Steps Down as Village Voice EIC https://t.co/EtahOKklj3
— Will Bourne (@willbourneo) August 10, 2016