Will Swaim, the editor of OC Weekly since its inception in 1995, resigned today.
Swaim, reached at home in Irvine, said “philosophical differences” with the Weekly’s new parent company, which was formed when Village Voice Media merged with New Times Newspapers in 2006, led to his departure.
“I hate to sound vague, but it just really is, broadly speaking, philosophical differences about how the papers should be run,” he said. “They know how to run their papers and I’m sure they’ll be wildly successful with ours, but I’m just not the right guy for the job.”
The Village Voice Media/New Times merge could be bad news for our precious, unique alternative weekly. It’s easy for me to forget that newspapers are a business…I, all too often, overlook the pages of adverts and absorb the wonderful–and in the case of The Weekly, FREE–content.
I’ve been hearing rumors of the New Times management coming in and shaking things up at the OC Weekly–and I think that Swaim’s resignation is the first of many changes we’ll see.
If these rumors are true, expect some more staff changes, and a change in the look of the paper so it closer resembles that of other New Times pubs. I hope that the Weekly doesn’t loose it’s heavy local focus.