- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 6, 2004


The Baltimore Sun fired William K. Marimow as editor and senior vice president and replaced him with the Orlando Sentinel’s Timothy A. Franklin.

Sun Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Denise Palmer said at a staff meeting that she told Mr. Marimow of her decision to replace him Monday. She declined to discuss whether she had specific disagreements with the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, saying instead that she wanted to pick her management team.

Mrs. Palmer came to the Sun in September 2002 from ChicagoLand Television, a cable news channel in Chicago that, like the Sun and the Sentinel, is owned by the Tribune Co.

She told the Sun staff that “style” and “personality” played roles in her decision, rather than Mr. Marimow’s credentials and news judgment.

“I’m not dissatisfied with the journalism we do,” she said.

Mr. Marimow did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Mr. Franklin praised the Sun as having “one of the richest traditions in American journalism. I’m absolutely committed to maintaining and preserving that.”

He said in a telephone interview that he hopes to continue the Sun’s investigative work and wants to make sure there is “a robust and lively metro section.”

Mr. Franklin, 43, was editor of the Florida newspaper for three years. Previously, he was editor of the Indianapolis Star and worked at the Chicago Tribune.

Mr. Franklin said he did not know whether he would bring staff with him from the Sentinel or replace Sun staff members.

The Sun has a daily circulation of 306,799 and a Sunday circulation of 466,916, Sun spokeswoman Lucy Giacubeno said.

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