Postimees Editor in Chief Anvar Samost and his counterpart at the weekly Eesti Ekspress, Janek Luts, are both quitting their jobs after two years.
“Differences with the board are a complicated matter that are not subject to disclosure,” Samost told uudised.err.ee today, adding that he and the board had a different view on how the daily should move forward. The development at Postimees, which is the country's most read daily newspaper, comes just weeks after the paper's owner, Eesti Meedia, carried out a management buyout from its Norwegian parent company.
Since Samost came on, the Postimees editor in chief position has been split into two, with executive and editorial focuses. Mart Luik will be taking over for Samost while Merit Kopli will continue in her position. Samost will leave in mid-November.
Luts will leave his post on Thursday, and his duties will be shared between Tarmo Vahter and Sulev Vedler until a new head is named.
The head of Ekspress Grupp, Gunnar Kobin, told uudised.err.ee that Luts's contribution to the weekly, which has a strong investigative focus, had exhausted itself. "In order to continue at the same pace, we need to bring in a breath of fresh air," Kobin said.
Both men said they will take time out and have no concrete plans for the future.