OLD Media Moves

Arrington leaving TechCrunch

September 12, 2011

Posted by Chris Roush

AOL announced Monday that Michael Arrington is leaving the tech news site TechCrunch that he founded and sold to the Internet company a year ago.

Emily Steel of The Wall Street Journal writes, “AOL announced the move in a statement on Monday and said it would continue to invest in Mr. Arrington’s fund. The announcement of the fund earlier this month set off a debate between Mr. Arrington and AOL over journalistic ethics and whether Mr. Arrington’s should continue to write for the blog.

“AOL named Erick Schonfeld editor of TechCrunch. Mr. Schonfeld was previously the site’s co-editor.

“Mr. Arrington commented on the matter briefly at a TechCrunch conference in San Francisco, saying ‘it is no longer a good situation for me to stay’ and calling it ‘a sad day.’

“When the fund was announced Sept. 1, an AOL spokesman said that Mr. Arrington would remain a founding editor of TechCrunch. In the role, he would disclose conflict of interests when he wrote but have ‘no editorial oversight,’ the company said.

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