Jill Abramson's departure from New York Times may have been over

Jill Abramson's departure from New York Times may have been over equal pay

Posted: Updated:
The media world was left stunned on Wednesday afternoon when the New York Times announced that executive editor Jill Abramson was leaving and that she would be replaced by Dean Baquet. Since then, there has been wild speculation about whatlead to Abramson’s firing, with some suggesting it may have been over pay.

#168250570 / gettyimages.com

Abramson was the first woman to hold the position and was only named executive editor in September 2011. But, even though she helped the Times grow online, she was fired on Wednesday afternoon. New York Times Company chairman Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. surprised the staff by making the announcement during a meeting at around 2:30 p.m.

There was no reason announced immediately, but it was clear that Abramson was fired. The New Yorker was among the first sites to report that it may have been because Abramson learned that her predecessor, Bill Keller, received higher pay and better pension benefits. An anonymous source for the New Yorker said that she “confronted” the top executives.

Now, this is where it gets a bit confusing. A Times spokeswoman told the New Yorker that Abramson’s pay “was directly comparable to Bill Keller’s,” but, as Gawker pointed out, the Times gave a different statement to Business Insider.

“Jill's total compensation as executive editor was not meaningfully less than Bill Keller's, so that is just incorrect,” spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said. “Her pension benefit, like all Times employees, is based on her years of service and compensation. The pension benefit was frozen in 2009.”

Murphy then gave Gawker another statement, this one reading, “There is no discrepancy. Jill’s compensation was directly comparable to Bill’s during their times as executive editor.”

Still, there appears to be no question that Abramson and Sulzberger clashed. The Times reports that Sulzberger heard complaints from employees that she was polarizing. She also apparently didn’t agree with Bacquet, as she was looking to hire Janine Gibson from The Guardian to work alongside him.

“It is an honor to be asked to lead the only newsroom in the country that is actually better than it was a generation ago, one that approaches the world with wonder and ambition every day,” Baquet said in a statement.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Got Solar? Utility looking to place solar panels on a home near you

    Got Solar? Utility looking to place solar panels on a home near you

    Arizona's top utility company is looking to place solar panels on 3,000 homes; at no cost to the homeownerArizona Public Service announced that they plan on placing these panels on residents homes and in turn for the usage of their roofs the utility company will give them a $30 discount on their monthly bill for the next 20 years. If approved by regulators APS will spend anywhere from 50 to 70 million in project costs. This new initiative will help the utility giant meets it's mandatory alter...More >>
    Arizona's top utility company is looking to place solar panels on 3,000 homes; at no cost to the homeownerArizona Public Service announced that they plan on placing these panels on residents homes and in turn for the usage of their roofs the utility company will give them a $30 discount on their monthly bill for the next 20 years. If approved by regulators APS will spend anywhere from 50 to 70 million in project costs. This new initiative will help the utility giant meets it's mandatory alter...More >>
  • Coming soon...Wal-Mart

    Coming soon...Wal-Mart

    On Wednesday the Yuma City Council voted to change the zoning designation on the proposed land acquired by Wal-Mart. The property located near the intersection of Avenue B and 8th Street was the home of a mobile home park as zones for residential use; the new designation changes that to mixed which will allow the new store to move in to the property. The new store will be the fifth Wal-Mart for Yuma County.More >>
    On Wednesday the Yuma City Council voted to change the zoning designation on the proposed land acquired by Wal-Mart. The property located near the intersection of Avenue B and 8th Street was the home of a mobile home park as zones for residential use; the new designation changes that to mixed which will allow the new store to move in to the property. The new store will be the fifth Wal-Mart for Yuma County.More >>
  • National

    Obama warns of delay in social sec. checks and veteran's benefits

    Obama warns of delay in social sec. checks and veteran's benefits

    Web Producer: Lucy Valencia, Assignment Desk Editor WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits willMore >>
    Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government's borrowing authority in a looming showdown over the nation's debt and spending.More >>
  • Yuma woman charged with hindering prosecution of murder suspect

    Yuma woman charged with hindering prosecution of murder suspect

    YUMA, AZ- Another woman is charged with hindering prosecution of a murder suspect in the death of a Yuma man. Regina Garcia went before Judge Gregory Stewart in Yuma Justice Court Thursday afternoon.More >>
    Another woman is charged with hindering prosecution of a murder suspect in the death of a Yuma man.More >>
  • Crime Watch

    Police investigating dead body found in parked car

    Police investigating dead body found in parked car

    YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Yuma police say a dead woman was found in a car parked at Food City on 8th Street on Tuesday night, at around 6:20 p.m. Police are investigating her cause of death andMore >>
    Yuma police are investigating the death of a woman who was found in a parked car Tuesday night.More >>
  • Plane crashes in San Diego parking lot; 1 dead

    Plane crashes in San Diego parking lot; 1 dead

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:36 AM EDT2014-07-31 05:36:29 GMT
    A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot Wednesday, killing an 80-year-old woman who was the lone passenger and injuring the pilot, authorities said.More >>
    A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot Wednesday, killing an 80-year-old woman who was the lone passenger and injuring the pilot, authorities said.More >>
  • Man on FBI's Most Wanted list in custody

    Man on FBI's Most Wanted list in custody

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:17:05 GMT
    A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured and brought to Louisiana, where the crime took place.More >>
    A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured and brought to Louisiana, where the crime took place.More >>
  • Out with the old...

    Out with the old...

    It has been a staple in the Yuma community since the early 70's and the place to meet for the young and old alike. The Southgate Mall now sits on broken asphalt and bares the scares of more than 40 years; decades being passed from owner to owner and now it's set to be torn down to make way for a new more improved shopping center. Today the building has been stripped from within to make way for demolition equipment to tear down the center portion of the mall. Stores like Sear, Burlington and t...More >>
    It has been a staple in the Yuma community since the early 70's and the place to meet for the young and old alike. The Southgate Mall now sits on broken asphalt and bares the scares of more than 40 years; decades being passed from owner to owner and now it's set to be torn down to make way for a new more improved shopping center. Today the building has been stripped from within to make way for demolition equipment to tear down the center portion of the mall. Stores like Sear, Burlington and t...More >>