NY Times publisher stepping down, handing over to son

New York (AFP) –


New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr announced on Thursday that he was stepping down after 25 years at the helm of the renowned newspaper and handing over to his son.

Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, 37, known as A.G., will take over as publisher on January 1, 2018, the New York Times Co. said in a statement.

A.G. Sulzberger will be the sixth member of the Ochs-Sulzberger family to serve as publisher since Adolph Ochs bought the newspaper in 1896.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, 66, who took over as publisher in 1992, will remain as chairman of the board of directors of the company, the Times said.

"This isn't a goodbye," Arthur Sulzberger said in a note to Times staff. "But, beginning in the new year, the grand ship that is The Times will be A.G.'s to steer."

Arthur Sulzberger said he was stepping down "prouder than I have ever been of the strength, independence and integrity of this institution."

A.G. Sulzberger praised his father's tenure, saying he had made "bold bets" which included "embracing the Internet."

"Arthur is the only publisher of his generation who took over a great news organization and left it better than he found it," he said.

"My focus as publisher will be on ensuring the continued journalistic excellence and commercial success of The Times through a period of transformation for the news industry," he added.

The Times, which President Donald Trump considers a nemesis and frequently derides as "failing," announced recently that it now has a record 3.5 million paid subscribers, both digital and print.

A.G. Sulzberger, a graduate of Brown University, worked as a reporter at The Providence Journal in Rhode Island and The Oregonian before joining the metro desk of the Times in 2009.

He notably authored the newspaper's 2014 Innovation Report, which looked at ways to grow the online audience in an era of shrinking print sales and advertising.