The editor-in-chief of MailOnline, one of the UK’s largest online news sites, announced his departure, weeks after appearing to be one of the winners of an internal power struggle against his owner , DMG Media.
Martin Clarke, who was editor-in-chief of the online arm of the publisher-owner of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, will step down at the end of February. He has been with MailOnline for 12 years.
In a statement, he said he told group owner Lord Rothermere earlier this year that he wanted to leave “to meet new challenges.”
“It was a once in a lifetime race and there is just no other job at DMG Media that I would rather have,” he said. A successor has not yet been named.
It comes just over a fortnight after changes to the Daily Mail appeared to end tensions between the daily, its sister Sunday newspaper and the website.
Daily Mail editor-in-chief Georgie Grieg left in mid-November after three years in charge and was replaced by Mail on Sunday editor-in-chief Ted Verity, considered an ally of Clarke.
Five days later Paul Dacre, Grieg’s predecessor, was reappointed as editor of DMG Media, three weeks after leaving his post. Clarke was seen to be in a similar mold to Dacre, and therefore her role, and that of MailOnline, seemed to be reinforced.
Responding to his departure, Rothermere said: “I had to reluctantly accept Martin’s resignation as he is without doubt one of the greatest publishers of his generation; and i am eternally grateful to him for all his immense hard work and genius over the years.
“The Daily Mail is great because of the hard work of many, not just a few. Martin leaves behind the legacy of an impressive number of very talented and committed people across the business who will continue to build on what he created and make The Daily Mail a huge success across the world.