The aftermath of Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah led to the resignation of another media figure.
Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors, said he will step down from his role so the organization can “rebuild its reputation”.
Just one day after Piers Morgan stepped down from Good Morning Britain, he was General Manager of the British Press Association.
Murray has resigned after an argument over the press body’s response to comments made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about racism in the media.
A strongly worded statement from the panel following Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey said it was “unacceptable” for the couple to claim racism in the press “without evidence” and added that it was not in the UK Case is racist.
“Since the declaration was made, the SoE has been heavily criticized,” said Murray.
“While I disagree that the Society’s statement was in any way intended to defend racism, I accept that it could have been much clearer in its condemnation of bigotry and clearly caused a stir.
“As executive director, I run society and as such I am to blame. So I have decided that it is best for the board and membership that I step aside so the organization can begin to rebuild its reputation.”
He said the original statement was “not intended to gloss over the fact that the UK media industry has work to do on inclusivity and diversity”.
The editors of Guardian and HuffPost UK had issued statements disagreeing with the position of the Society of Editors.
Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media, said Tuesday: “Every institution in the UK is currently reviewing its own position on important issues relating to race and the treatment of people of color.
“As I said earlier, the media must do the same.
“It has to be much more representative and self-confident.”
Jess Brammar, editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK, also tweeted, saying she disagreed with the statement.
She wrote on Monday: “I thought about not saying anything about it because I am aware that I will not make myself popular with my colleagues, but I will just get up and say it: I disagree with what I said disagreed with mine Industry association says it is “wrong that parts of the British press were bigoted”. “
ITV News host Charlene White also said she won’t host this year’s Society of Editors press awards because of the disputes over comments on Meghan and Harry’s interview.
Alison Gow, President of the Society of Editors, said, “I would like to thank Ian for his tireless work on behalf of the Society. He has campaigned for journalists’ rights and freedoms and worked hard behind the scenes when it appeared legislation might threaten them.
“Society strives to represent all journalists and to uphold journalism. I understand what our mission must be and we will strive as an organization to listen and hear everyone’s views and be strong advocates and allies for all we represent. “