Dozens of journalists, technical supports and sales staff have resigned from the popular news site ziare.com reportedly over editorial interference, a media industry site reported.
Paginademedia.ro said about 30 employees were quitting the site including the chief editor Serinela Spatarelu.
The development came after tensions over alleged interference from the site’s owner Andrei Siminel, the sire reported Tuesday.
The site is owned by NCH (New Century Holdings), an American investment fund in Central and Eastern Europe, but daily operations were run by Alert News, a company controlled by Spatarelu, paginademedia,ro reported.
Siminel is the president of NCH which has investments in real estate, banks, food industry and IT.
There were no immediate comments from Siminel or Spatarelu.
Ziare.com is a popular news site, covering news, sports, international stories and business. It is one of a handful of media outlets that doesn’t use diacritics.
Tensions at the site date back months, the report said, with the owners actively ;ooking for a new chief editor.
Ramona Ursu, who currently works for Newsweek Romania, has been tasked with forming a new team, the report said.
Ursu also worked at daily Adevarul, quitting the paper in 20107. She also worked for Revista 22.
Ziare.com will launch a new online publication in the near future.