After word hit the streets yesterday that Walrus editor Ken Alexander had quit, the industry was whirling about who might take over the top job at the mag. In a Q &A with the National Post‘s Mark Medley, Alexander said he’s “thought about all sorts of people who would not only be a good replacement, but perhaps much better” but, of course, didn’t name any names. He said he plans to sit down with Allan Gregg, the chairman of board at the Walrus Foundation, to talk about some possible replacements. In his Toronto Life media blog Douglas Bell has this to say about Alexander’s four-year stint as editor:
Over the course of Alexander’s tenure, The Walrus simultaneously attracted and repelled talent. The result was an earnest, ambitious, if somewhat worthy publication.
As much as he enervated just about everybody, and as much as there was more turnover at the The Walrus than at a betting window at Belmont, Ken Alexander can leave his job saying he wasn’t ignored. By Canadian standards, this puts his efforts firmly in the win column.
Hard act to follow.