Philanthropically funded publishing venture The Global Mail has parted ways with founding editor Monica Attard just three months after launch, the organisation confirmed tonight.
Attard’s departure came after reports of disagreements between her and founder Graeme Woods. CEO Jane Nicholls has been named as interim editor.
Global Mail is an ambitious project funded by Wood to the tune of $15m, the largest project of its type ever seen in Australia. Woods made his fortune through travel site wotif.
The short statement from The Global Mail said:
“The Global Mail announced today that Monica Attard, having served as founding Managing Editor for the conception and launch phase of The Global Mail, will be leaving the publication.
“The Global Mail chairman Graeme Wood thanked Monica for her tremendous assistance and vision in the start-up phase of the organisation’s development.
“CEO of The Global Mail, Jane Nicholls, will step in as interim editor.”
Attard is a previous long time ABC staffer.
The Global Mail has so far had a relatively low impact in terms of breaking agenda-setting stories despite a staff of around 20.
The organisation has not released any data about its traffic.
Although the free online audience estimate service Alexa offers only crude data, it suggests that The Global Mail was struggling even compared to independent publishers, barely registering on the graph.
Audio: Attard discusses the launch of Global Mail on the Mumbrellacast: