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Leo Wolinsky, Editor of Daily Variety, Pushed Out After Less than a Year on Job

Nov 2, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Leo Wolinsky, who was tapped less than a year ago by Daily Variety to serve as editor, has been let go from his job, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.

Wolinsky, who confirmed he was let go on Monday, declined to comment further, the article says. His dismissal signals that Variety continues to struggle with a news cycle dominated by the Web and with the rise of blogs such as Deadline.com, the story points out. Variety has also suffered job cuts, leaving it with a reporting staff of about a dozen, the Times says.

Wolinsky shifted to Daily Variety from the Los Angeles Times, where he worked for more than 30 years and held senior roles such as executive editor and managing editor, the article says.

Nevertheless,the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog points out that Wolinsky had originally been considered a surprise choice, given that his only entertainment experience had been a seven-month role as an editor in charge of features and entertainment. Wolinsky and Daily Variety weren’t a good fit for each other, and it isn’t immediately clear who would replace him, the story says.

4 Comments

  1. Just another example of the new guy feeling he must ‘rock the boat’ to get noticed. Funny thing, this guy was no “whiz kid,” but a seasoned journalist. Too bad he wasn’t “Showbiz.”
    There must be somebody in the Variety family of ink-stained wretches who could step in and compete in today’s Internet-dominated world.

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