Breaking: New 'Voice' EIC Erik Wemple Quits Before He Starts

We'll let this speak for itself, as the sordid details are inevitably TK:

From: [xxx]
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 17:17:19
To:"Village Voice"
Subject: Erik Wemple withdraws

June 15, 2006

This morning Erik Wemple announced that he'd changed his mind about becoming editor of the Village Voice. A new father, Wemple decided to remain in his old position as the editor at City Paper in Washington, D.C.

We wish him well.

Although Wemple accepted the job of editor-in-chief of the historic Voice—even introducing himself to the staff—subsequent discussions revealed disagreements over newsroom management.

"Erik's concerns are not unreasonable," said Michael Lacey, executive editor of Village Voice Media. "The Voice is an enormous and complex horse race. We asked Erik to mount several ponies mid-stride, and he was alarmed to find us still in several of those saddles."

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