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One owner, South Jersey businessman and political power broker George E. Norcross III, was pushing, along with Hall, to dismiss Marimow, while at least one member of the ownership group, the parking-lot mogul Lewis Katz, opposed the move, the sources said.
In a statement Monday night, Hall said firing Marimow was his decision. "As part of Interstate General Media's corporate documents, this ownership group agreed not to be involved in the editorial affairs and journalistic operations of The Inquirer," Hall said.
"The decision to terminate Bill Marimow as editor of The Inquirer was made by me and associate publisher Mike Lorenca, which is within our authority to make such a decision," Hall said. He added that "although not required, five out of six of our directors/owners have concurred in our decision to terminate Bill Marimow."
When contacted by phone early Monday afternoon, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, chairman of Interstate General Media, said, "I heard the news this morning. I'm not prepared to make a statement until I know what's going on."
Interstate General Media bought the newspaper last year along with the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com for about $55 million. That was significantly below the $515 million sale price to a different local ownership group in 2006, and the $139 million that creditors paid at a 2010 bankruptcy auction.
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