Global Mail founding editor Monica Attard is to step down from the role after disagreements with co-founder and philanthropist Graeme Wood, Crikey is reporting.
A statement is expected to be released tomorrow.
According to Crikey, the move came after “festering tensions came to a head last week in an office showdown.”
The Global Mail launched as an online only title in February of this year, with a five year funding commitment from Wood, who has donated $15m to the project.
When Mumbrella interviewed Attard in January she described her role at the title as “the journo’s equivalent of winning the lottery”.[powerpress url=”http://mumbrella-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2012/02/Ep53.mp3″]
When Encore magazine featured the Global Mail, the editorial team was comprised of 13 journalists, a director of photography, two web producers and a media manager. That team looks to have undergone a shift with more weight at the top, with Attard being listed alongside Mike Bowers, Ben Fogarty, Annemarie Johnson and CEO Jane Nicholls on the Global Mail team page. Crikey’s sources claim that conflict with Nicholls, former editor-at-large of People US, was the cause of Attard’s move.
Attard is a former presenter of MediaWatch and has won several prestigious Walkley Awards. Mumbrella could not reach a spokesperson for the Global Mail or Attard herself at time of writing.