The Wall Street Journal Europe publisher resigned Tuesday over what he called a possible perception of impropriety, reports Edmund Lee at Bloomberg News.
Lee writes, “Andrew Langhoff, who ran the newspaper’s business since January 2009, said an agreement between its circulation department and a company called Executive Learning Partnership could be viewed as undermining the editorial independence of the news operation, he said in an e-mail to employees, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News.
“‘Because the agreement could leave the impression that news coverage can be influenced by commercial relationships, as publisher with executive oversight, I believe that my resignation is now the most honorable course,’ he said in his e- mail.
“The e-mail’s authenticity was confirmed by Kate Dobbin, a spokeswoman for News Corp.’s Dow Jones & Co. unit.
“The business agreement Langhoff cited was handled by another employee who is no longer with the company, according to his e-mail.”
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