Morry Schwartz has given up his leading role at the company he founded more than four decades ago, announcing to staff he will step aside as chairman of Schwartz Media and step back from day-to-day operations.
Schwartz Media is the publisher of the Saturday Paper, the Monthly and the Quarterly Essay.
“I am extremely proud of the company I have built and of the titles that make Schwartz Media the country’s leading independent news source,” Schwartz said in the email on Monday, also posted as a statement on the company’s website.
“I have full confidence in the senior team at Schwartz Media, who will lead the company from here. I am stepping back to give space to the next phase of growth and excellence. A new chief executive will join in the new year, adding to the team already in place.”
The Melbourne publisher’s wife, gallery owner Anna Schwartz, has been the subject of media coverage following the decision by Anna Schwartz Gallery to sever its 36-year relationship with the artist Mike Parr over content in his current show that refers to the Israel-Hamas war.
The Guardian has sought comment from Schwartz and the editor-in-chief of the Saturday Paper, Erik Jensen.
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