Bitten by 'The Beast': British editor, Tina Brown, leaving New York website as tension with owners boils over

Ms Brown left her position at ‘Tatler’ in London to edit ‘Vanity Fair’ in New York at just 31 years old

Tina Brown, the British-born editor who for more than three decades has been a glamorous, sometimes vexed pole star of the New York magazine firmament, has finally had enough.

In an announcement that instantly created quantities of a commodity that she herself seems sometimes to have invented – media buzz – Ms Brown, 59, confirmed that she is relinquishing control of The Daily Beast, the digital news website she set up in 2008 with the backing of the communications mogul Barry Diller.

While Ms Brown would never be expected to utter the word “defeat”, her departure from the company comes after a long period of turmoil in the Beast news room and tension with IAC/InteractiveCorp and its chairman Mr Diller, which wrote the cheques to keep it afloat.

Especially unhappy was the experience of marrying The Daily Beast with Newsweek in 2010, a venture that included Ms Brown’s decision to close the print version of the once-mighty news magazine and consign it to the web and, to some critics, oblivion. What was left of Newsweek was sold to the International Business Times just last month for an undisclosed amount.

“Creating The Daily Beast at the original instigation of Barry Diller in 2008 has given me some of the most exciting and fulfilling years of my professional life,” Ms Brown said in a brief post on the Beast site today. “I am enormously proud of what our brilliant editorial team has achieved at the Beast.”

Married to Sir Harry Evans, 80, the storied former editor of The Sunday Times and The Times, Ms Brown crossed to Gotham from London in 1984, swapping her job as editor of Tatler for the top post at Vanity Fair at just 31 years of age.

Thereafter began several golden years that saw her later transition to the editorship of the New Yorker, where she cemented her reputation for nurturing top talent and attracting eyeballs and advertisers to her pages.

Her later stumbles elicited no little schadenfreude in an industry that did not always love her swagger. No one refused an invitation for the launch of Talk magazine in 1999 under the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour, but many of the same guests muttered with a certain glee about Ms Brown’s legendary editorial extravagance when the glossy publication, backed by film impresario, Harvey Weinstein, closed three years later.

Ms Brown will remain in place as editor of the Beast until January.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Guru Careers: Account Executive / Account Manager

£18 - 20k + Benefits: Guru Careers: An Account Executive / Account Manager is ...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Social Media Account Writers

£12000 - £13000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This social media management pr...

Ashdown Group: Deputy Editor (Magazine Publishing) - Wimbledon - £23-26K

£23000 - £26000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Deputy Editor - Wimbledon...

Ashdown Group: Editor (Magazines/Publishing) - Wimbledon - £26-30K

£26000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Editor (Magazines/Publish...

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones