WSJ oversight committee informed of editor’s resignation ‘after the fact.’

Marcus Brauchli recently stepped down as the Wall Street Journal’s managing editor — just four months after Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. bought the newspaper. WSJ union members reportedly viewed Brauchli’s resignation as a “loss of ‘a buffer who would maintain editorial independence.'” Editor and Publisher reports that “[t]he special committee formed to oversee editorial independence” at the WSJ “claims it was improperly informed of [Brauchli’s] resignation after the fact, according to a report the group released Tuesday”:

The report states that learning about the resignation “after the fact failed to meet the letter and the spirit of the agreement” between Dow Jones and News Corp. over editorial independence.

It went on to add, “Mr. Brauchli expressed ‘regret’ that the committee ‘learned of my resignation late in the process.‘” Brauchli resigned on April 22.