Delimiter editor Renai LeMay quits, calls for expressions of interest in brand

Delimiter editor and publisher, Renai LeMay, has left the publication, once again placing the technology website’s future in doubt.

LeMay announced the decision to leave via a post on the site in which he said he has started a new full-time role as a business/writer editor for the Canberra-based specialist ICT consulting organisation CTO Group.

Renai LeMay

Renai LeMay: “It feels like a good time to tap out and leave this task to the many other talented journalists in this field”

“Firstly, I wanted to apologise for the sudden nature of this announcement. I had planned to make this announcement at least several weeks in advance so that all Delimiter readers would have time to adjust to the news,” writes LeMay.

“However, events behind the scenes have moved rather too quickly for that, and so I haven’t been able to grant readers this notice.”

It is not the first time LeMay left the publication, with LeMay closing the site for a year from July 2014 when he took an advisor position working for Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

LeMay then rebooted the site when that position came to an end in July last year because he felt that he “had significant unfinished business with the Federal Parliament”.

He writes: “Burning issues such as the National Broadband Network, data retention and internet piracy were still festering within Parliament House, and I felt that it would strongly serve the public interest to have a dedicated technology reporter in Canberra reporting on how Australia’s political sector dealt with such topics.

“As it turns out, over the past 12 months, I have achieved my aim in significantly raising the profile of these issues.”

The future of Delimiter is unclear; however, Lemay writes that “a number of discussions are continuing behind the scenes” while the site will continue to publish articles written by contractor Daniel Palmer.

LeMay also calls on individuals or companies to get in touch if they are “interested in being involved in the future of Delimter”.

However, for now, LeMay says he feels he has “done everything” he wants to do as a technology journalist.

“I have written every article that I have ever wanted to write in this field and, I hope, I have made a difference. I have tried to do my job as a journalist and hold those in power to account,” he writes.

“With this year’s Federal Election done and dusted, it feels like a good time to tap out and leave this task to the many other talented journalists in this field.”

It is a similar line he used when he first closed Delimiter, when he said: “I’m kind of done with journalism. I’ve done it for 10 years now, at every level, and I don’t really want to do it any more. I want to do something else.””


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