Date
15 December 2017
Jill Abramson has emerged as a poster child for gender equality after her firing from the New York Times. Photo: Bloomberg
Jill Abramson has emerged as a poster child for gender equality after her firing from the New York Times. Photo: Bloomberg

Jill Abramson saga: Could Bloomberg be her next stop?

He said, she said — so went the biggest story out of the New York Times last week.

Jill Abramson said she had been a victim of gender bias while publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. insisted the paper’s former executive editor was fired for her management style.

Either way, neither is now terribly fond of each other, but Abramson has a big fan and potential employer in Bloomberg.

That’s Michael Bloomberg, founder of the eponymous news service, who admires Abramson’s toughness, according to the New York Post.

Abramson has emerged as a feminist martyr and a heroine for equal pay.

But does Bloomberg personally know her? Apparently not, and the thought of hiring her has not crossed his mind, the report said, quoting insiders.

Abramson was the first female executive editor of the New York Times until she was fired last week reportedly after she complained that she was earning much less than her male predecessors.

Sulzberger dismissed the claim, saying she was sacked because of her management style, Huffington Post reported Sunday.

“During her tenure, I heard repeatedly from her newsroom colleagues, women and men, about a series of issues, including arbitrary decision-making, a failure to consult and bring colleagues with her, inadequate communication and the public mistreatment of colleagues,” Sulzberger said in a statement.

Abramson was reported to have confronted the newspaper’s senior management after finding that her pay and benefits were considerably less than what former executive director Bill Keller used to get.

Sulzberger said Abramson’s pay package was “comparable with Bill Keller’s”, and was 10 percent higher than Keller’s by Abramson’s last full year as executive editor, according to the report.

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