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All hands on deck for Dagbladet. Chief Editor leaves floundering paper. Anne Aasheim, Editor in Chief, and the culture editor, Peter Raaum, announced their resignations from Dagbladet yesterday, adding to what looks to be the beleaguered paper’s current downward spiral.“No comment” “I’ve had some fantastic years, but circulation numbers haven’t increased as much as I’d hoped. I now realise other things are needed to turn the situation around,” says Aasheim, giving no further reasons for quitting.

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All hands on deck for Dagbladet

Published on Friday, 22nd January, 2010 at 09:50 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Chief Editor leaves floundering paper.

Dagbladet in newspaper stand
Dagbladet in newspaper stand
Photo: aslakr/Flickr


Anne Aasheim, Editor in Chief, and the culture editor, Peter Raaum, announced their resignations from Dagbladet yesterday, adding to what looks to be the beleaguered paper’s current downward spiral.

“No comment”

“I’ve had some fantastic years, but circulation numbers haven’t increased as much as I’d hoped. I now realise other things are needed to turn the situation around,” says Aasheim, giving no further reasons for quitting.

But according to the trade paper journalisten.no, relations between her and the owners had deteriorated to the point where she felt unable to continue. Sources within Dagbladet claim the board no longer had any confidence in Aasheim.

Furthermore, it’s reported that Tore Stangebye, chairman of the board, had meetings with other senior members to discuss measures to improve Dagbladet’s situation. One solution was to change the paper’s editorial profile.

Aasheim wasn’t informed about these, leading to speculation this was the real reason behind her resignation, claims journalisten.no.

A sinking ship?

Magne Lerø, editor of the weekly paper Ledelse, tells NRK he believes Aasheim’s decision was professionally correct.

Dagbladet has had major economic problems for a number of years, with the first of 2009’s round of cutbacks resulting in a walkout by the paper’s typographers.

And in continuing efforts to save 15 million kroner, the board announced its decision last month to lay 45 of the paper’s staff off without compensation. Aasheim denies any link between this and her decision to quit.

“Both Aasheim’s and Raaum’s resignations give the paper a new chance, of course, but do nothing to change the reality of the situation,” says Arne Krumsvik, media researcher at the University of Oslo.

Meanwhile, Raaum tells Dagbladet his decision to resign wasn’t a direct result of Aasheim’s departure, but admits the timing was hardly coincidental. Whilst Stangebye says he regrets but understands Aasheim’s decision.

Aasheim took over as the paper’s first female Editor in Chief in 2006, after having worked in NRK 19 years.

“There’s never a good time to resign, but the time was now,” she tells Dagbladet.



Published on Friday, 22nd January, 2010 at 09:50 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: dagbladet, cutbacks, economy, crisis, anne, aasheim, chief, editor, peter, raaum, walkouts, layoffs, resignations, newspaper, norway.





  
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