Engadget’s Editor in Chief Resigns as AOL Shakeup Continues

by Avinash Saxena

Joshua Topolsky, editor in chief of Engadget, has just announced that he is leaving the popular AOL-owned technology news site.

Topolsky has been with Engadget for nearly four years and has held the role of editor in chief since 2008. According to Kara Swisher at All Things D, managing editor Nilay Patel is also on his way out.

These departures come just two days after AOL announced the layoffs of 900 employees — including 200 editorial staffers — as part of its restructuring and re-organization process in the wake of its acquisition of the Huffington Post.

According to Swisher, Topolsky’s decision was not related to The Huffington Post deal — in fact — Arianna Huffington tried to persuade Topolsky to stay. It appears, however, that some of the same issues that saw thedeparture of associate editors Paul Miller and Ross Miller back in February — notably issues over the so-called “AOL Way” and the editorial direction of Engadget‘s parent company — may have driven the latest departures.

In a blog post announcing his exit, Topolsky says that he won’t be “leaving the industry or the news game” and that he has a “few fantasy projects in mind.” Topolsky also writes that he will continue on in a role as editor-at-large and will be hosting a few more episodes of the Engadget Show.

Historically — AOL has been very hands-off in its dealings with Engadget. If that policy has changed (which remains unclear), more departures might be on their way.



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