Paul Maidment Resigns as Editorial Director of G/O Media, Bringing Deadspin’s Editorial Staff to 0
Paul Maidment has resigned from his role as editorial director of G/O Media, a decision he announced today in an internal memo to staff.
“It is the right moment for me to leave to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity,” Maidment said in a statement obtained by Mediaite. “I admire the journalism that you produce and the unique voice that is otherwise missing from mainstream media. It has been a great honor and I wish you all the very best. I am certain that the sites will grow and thrive in the future.”
Maidment did not respond to an email asking about what opportunity he would be pursuing post-resignation.
His resignation comes at a moment of increased tension at G/O Media, which is owned by the Boston-based private equity firm Great Hill Partners and operates a suite of sites including Deadspin, Gizmodo, Kotaku, Jezebel and The Onion.
Late last week, all of Deadspin’s editorial staff resigned as a protest against a mandate from executives that would have required the site to stick exclusively to sports coverage rather than also reporting — as it always had — on other areas including media, politics and culture.
After the staff exodus, Maidment, a British journalist who previously worked at Forbes and the Financial Times, was left with no employees to helm Deadspin, which is currently on the lookout for a new editor in chief.
“We thank Paul for his hard work and wish him nothing but the very best,” a G/O spokesman said in a statement regarding Maidment’s resignation. “We will be working with our EICs to expedite the search for a new editorial director.”
On social media, journalists appeared somewhat giddy at the news of Maidment’s departure from G/O Media.
Asked for comment regarding Maidment’s resignation, Albert Burneko, a former staff writer for Deadspin who resigned last week, replied in an email, “[10 minutes of increasingly crazed laughing, eventually transitioning into deranged screaming].”
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