And the ugly fallout at Billboard continues.
This time, former editor Bill Werde is clamoring that he wasn’t fired from Billboard after all, but was merely shifted to another ‘full-time’ position within the company. Meanwhile, the post-shakeup Billboard is rallying behind a totally different editor, Janice Min, and trying to reshape the moribund publication with fresh blood and lots of new faces.
It’s unclear if Werde is playing any role whatsoever in that refresh, though it appears that he has been completely pushed aside, at least from the publication. Back in January, Billboard heralded the arrival of Min in a lengthy article, while neglecting to even mention the dethroned Werde. The New York Post subsequently reported that Billboard owner Guggenheim Partners was “removing” Werde “in a power play that clearly puts Janice Min in the driver’s seat”.
The New York Times also failed to even mention Werde in an in-depth piece about the transition, though Min was a core focus and interviewed for the article. Billboard and its owner, Guggenheim Partners, obviously fed the Times for the pre-announcement piece.
Sources to Digital Music News have been consistent with that picture, pointing to a flat ‘firing’ of Werde from the editor’s chair, though it’s unclear why Werde is rattling this cage months after the shake-up. Perhaps Werde himself is sprucing his resume for a new editor’s desk, and hoping to smooth some of the rough edges from earlier this year.