The Observer has confirmed that executive editor Andy Malone will not be returning to his job after walking out a month ago.
There have been reports that Malone had a row with political editor Kamal Ahmed after the latter leapfrogged him to become deputy editor for a weekend. But according to sources at The Observer it was more a case of “tensions” between the pair.
In an email to staff, Observer editor Roger Alton said: “After nearly six years superb work running the news operation at The Observer, Andy Malone has decided to stand down. I am glad to say he will be keeping his contacts with us and writing across the paper from the New Year. This is clearly a crucial vacancy and I am anxious to fill the post as soon as possible.”
Ahmed remains political editor and is expected to be a contender for Malone’s old job.