Axel Springer Removes Julian Reichelt, a Top Editor, After Times Report
The editor, Julian Reichelt, had been accused of abusing his power involving a relationship a junior employee at Bild, a powerful tabloid owned by the media company.,
Axel Springer removes a top editor after a Times report on workplace behavior.
By Ben Smith
- Oct. 18, 2021, 12:51 p.m. ET
The German media giant Axel Springer said on Monday that the editor of Bild, its powerful tabloid, had been removed from his duties after The New York Times reported on allegations that he had behaved inappropriately with women at the publication.
The editor, Julian Reichelt, has denied abusing his authority.
The Times reported on Sunday on details of Mr. Reichelt’s relationship with a trainee, who testified during an investigation sponsored by the company that he had summoned her to a hotel near the office for sex and asked her to keep a payment secret.
Mr. Reichelt had “not clearly separated private and professional matters, even after the compliance proceedings were concluded in spring 2021,” and had misled the company’s executive board on the subject, Axel Springer said in a statement.
The company’s chairman and chief executive, Mathias Dopfner, praised Mr. Reichelt for his leadership but said retaining him had become impossible. He said his replacement, Johannes Boie, would combine “journalistic excellence with modern leadership.”
A representative of Axel Springer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bild is the flagship publication of Axel Springer, a titan of German media since after World War II. The company is now focusing much of its energy on the United States. In 2015, the company bought Business Insider (now called Insider) for $442 million. This summer, it announced that it had purchased Politico for $1 billion.
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