Robert Winnett will not join The Post as an editor

British journalist Robert Winnett, who will take over as editor of The Washington Post later this year, will not take the job and will remain at the Daily Telegraph in London, according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post on Friday.

“I am delighted to announce that Rob Winnett has decided to stay with us,” Telegraph editor Chris Evans wrote in a note to staff. “As you all know, he is a talented player and their loss is our gain.”

Winnett, a deputy editor at London’s Telegraph Media Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Winnett withdrew From the post, Post CEO and Publisher Will Lewis made the “regrettable” announcement in a memo to employees. “I have the utmost respect for Rob and he is an incredibly talented editor and journalist,” Lewis wrote. “Reaffirming his continued role as deputy editor-in-chief of The Telegraph Media Group.”

Winnett, a deputy editor at London’s Telegraph Media Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

After days of turmoil at The Post, the sudden departure of managing editor Sally Busbee was prompted by questions about the past practices of both Winnett and the new Post corporate chief who hired her — senior executives from London newsrooms. rules than their American counterparts.

Lewis announced Winnett’s hiring 2½ weeks ago. Lewis previously worked with Winnett at both the Telegraph and the Sunday Times.

A Telegraph spokeswoman said the newspaper would not comment beyond Evans’ Friday staff memo.

In an email to his staff Friday morning, Lewis said The Post will immediately begin a search for a replacement. “We will soon announce both the recruiting firm and the process we will use to ensure a timely but thorough search for this important leadership role,” he wrote.

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Winnett spent his entire career in the British press and was virtually unknown in American media circles. After the November US presidential election, Lewis had announced that Winnett would join The Post to oversee the traditional news division.

This story will be updated.

Isaac Stanley-Becker contributed to this report.

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