The Daily News gets an ‘as-needed’ editor until new one is found.

Robert York, the editor in chief of The Daily News of New York, is being replaced on an interim and “as-needed” basis by Andrew Julien, the editor and publisher of its corporate sibling The Hartford Courant, who will remain in that job while a search for a permanent editor takes place, an executive at the publisher of the newspapers said.

The change, which was effective immediately, was announced on Monday in memos sent to Daily News and Courant staff members by Toni Martinez, a human resources executive at the newspapers’ parent company, Tribune Publishing. A Tribune spokesman confirmed the news but did not give a reason for his departure.

Mr. York, who was the editor and publisher of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., another Tribune title, before taking The Daily News editorship in 2018, did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Monday morning.

Mr. Julien “grew up in New York and is eager to work with the talented staff of The Daily News,” Ms. Martinez wrote.

The turnover comes as The Daily News, the tabloid that was once the country’s largest-circulation newspaper (and the inspiration for The Daily Planet, where Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent, worked), and The Courant find themselves under new ownership. In May, Tribune was bought by the New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital in a deal worth $633 million.

Other Tribune papers include The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun and The Orlando Sentinel. The deal effectively made Alden, which also owns newspapers through its MediaNews Group subsidiary, the second-largest newspaper chain in the United States after Gannett.

Both The Daily News and The Courant have shed staff through buyouts offered shortly after the acquisition was completed. Eight Daily News staff members and five Courant staff members had buyouts approved in May, according to figures compiled by the NewsGuild, the union representing journalists at both papers.

Tribune’s acquisition by Alden was opposed by journalists at Tribune newspapers, who urged the previous management to seek local, benevolently minded owners for Tribune’s newspapers. A Maryland businessman who wished to give The Sun to a new local nonprofit group mounted an alternative bid, but its financing failed to come through and Tribune shareholders approved Alden’s proposal in May.

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