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Bill Marimow out as Philadelphia Inquirer editor

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner known for his hard-news focus, was fired Monday over what the publisher called ‘‘philosophical differences on the direction of the company.’’

Marimow had taken the helm for a second time after local investors bought the company in April 2012.

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‘‘Bill and I have had philosophical differences on the direction of the company . . . just in terms of what type of coverage we have, the placement of stories, the response to research,’’ publisher Robert Hall said in an interview. ‘‘We’re trying to attract more readers and respond to what people say they want.’’

Marimow, who also served as the Inquirer’s editor from 2006 to 2010, declined to comment on the decision. Former editor Stan Wischnowski has been named acting editor.

The current owners are the paper’s fifth buyers in six years.

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