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Technology website Delimiter to close; Founder LeMay ‘I’m kind of done with journalism’

Renai_LeMayIndependent technology website Delimiter is to close, site owner Renai LeMay has announced.

In an article on the site, LeMay said that although Delimiter remained profitable, he had successfully applied to become an adviser to Greens Senator Scott Ludlum and would be relocating from Sydney to Canberra.

He writes:

“It should be obvious that this new position has a direct conflict of interest with my work at Delimiter. As a journalist I have been staunchly independent, attempting to maintain good relationships with all sides of politics and the private sector and holding all to account. However, in my new role I will be directly supporting one side — the Greens — and its interests. And yes, I am now a paid-up member of the Greens political party. Then too, the demanding nature of my new role will preclude any work on Delimiter.

“I have explored various options for Delimiter to progress without me — ranging from selling the business outright to contracting others to run its editorial or even partnership arrangements with other organisations. These options are certainly feasible. Delimiter’s operations are already largely outsourced, with external organisations already managing its sales, finance and IT operations. And the site makes a very solid amount of revenue.

“However, ultimately I have decided to take the most simple and direct route for Delimiter’s future: To cease its commercial and publishing operations, while leaving the existing site online.”

LeMay – formerly a journalist on ZDNet – launched the site nearly five years ago.

In his farewell note he added: “I’m kind of done with journalism. I’ve done it for ten years now, at every level, and I don’t really want to do it any more. I want to do something else.”

Declaration of interest: For a time, Renai LeMay rented a desk at Mumbrella House. We kind of miss him.

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