Bill Marimow Out at Inquirer. (Update) Or Is He?

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Inquirer editor-in-chief Bill Marimow is out, according to an internal memo obtained by Philadelphia Magazine.

But: Jim Romenesko is reporting that the firing might not take:

“Sources at the Inquirer say Publisher Bob Hall and co-owner George Norcoss fired Bill Marimow without consent of partners Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest,” writes an Inquirer journalist. “Marimow is not leaving the building – says he hopes for reversal.”

Earlier, though, the Inky staffers received this memo:

Please be advised that effective immediately, Bill Marimow is no longer employed by Interstate General Media, Inc.  We wish Bill well in his future endeavors.  Stan Wischnowski will become acting editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Marimow was brought back to lead the Inky last spring by new ownership group IGM. Marimow had previously served as editor of the paper from 2006-2010 and is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. It’s unclear if the move had anything to do with wellpublicized tensions within the editorial staff about the group’s recent decision to cut the paper’s op-ed page.

Bill Marimow is no longer the editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia Inquirer, according to a memo from publisher & CEO Robert J. Hall.

“Basically, it’s a decision I made,” Hall said. “We were having some philosophical differences on decisions for the Inquirer and I decided to go a different way.”

Hall told me the decision was made at 11 a.m. today and that Marimow attended a 10:30 a.m. news meeting. Wischnowski, according to Hall, did not know he would take over the position until today.