There Are a Lot of Changes at Bloomberg

Ellen Pollock leaves, Megan Murphy takes over Businessweek and With All Due Respect is coming to an end.

It’s been a whirlwind of a day for Bloomberg. This morning, Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reported that Bloomberg Businessweek editor Ellen Pollock, who had taken over the role just one year ago, was leaving.

An hour or so later, Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reported that Pollock’s successor had been named. Megan Murphy, who had come over from the Financial Times in August 2015 to take over as Bloomberg Washington bureau chief, is the new editor of Businessweek.

She not only takes over, but will be doing so with a relaunch that will result in a “very different” publication next year, as Bloomberg editor in chief John Micklethwait and Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith described in a memo to staff regarding Pollock’s departure and Murphy’s appointment:

What will emerge from this will be very different from the stand-alone magazine you all write for at the moment which Ellen has led so diligently. As we will explain later, many of you will soon report to different beat editors, and, once we have unveiled the new magazine, the central editorial team may well be smaller.

Back in the Washington bureau, Wes Kosova has been named bureau chief and Craig Gordon moves from Bloomberg News managing editor to Washington executive editor. Michael Shepard takes over for Gordon.

Over at Bloomberg Politics, and in a separate memo, Micklethwait and Smith announced that Mark Halperin and John Heilemann‘s show, With All Due Respect, will come to an end after Donald Trump‘s inauguration, although Halperin and Heilemann’s M-F hosting gig will only go until Dec. 2. A few specials will follow in the lead-up to the inauguration.

Thus concludes the final chapter of speculation on when, and if, and for how long WADR would last.

And the focus of Bloomberg Politics itself is changing as well, toward the business and financial worlds:

In the coming weeks, as Washington transitions from the Obama administration to the incoming Trump administration, our Bloomberg Politics team will transition as well—shifting our focus to the impact of politics and policy on the business and financial world. This is an area where we have unparalleled strength.