Top Executive Leaves Billboard Amid Examination of Coverage
The resignation of the top executive at Billboard magazine was announced on Wednesday, amid an investigation into how the publication handled coverage of harassment allegations inside music industry.
Valence Media, the magazine’s parent company, said in a statement which John Amato had resigned as the chief executive of its Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group.
In May, The Daily Beast reported claims which Mr. Amato had suppressed articles in Billboard which were critical of Charlie Walk, a prominent record executive in addition to longtime friend who had been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women in addition to was subsequently fired by his label, the Republic Group. Mr. Walk denied the allegations against him at the time they were made. Days after which article was published, Valence announced an investigation, which is actually continuing.
In a memo circulated to employees in addition to obtained by The brand-new York Times, Asif Satchu in addition to Modi Wiczyk, Valence’s co-chief executives, gave no explanation for Mr. Amato’s resignation. They added only which a brand-new leadership plan would likely be announced “inside near future.”
Joel A. Katz, a lawyer for Mr. Amato, declined to comment, as did a spokeswoman for Billboard.
Mr. Amato’s departure is actually the latest tumultuous development at Billboard, whose position as the music industry’s most influential trade publication has been challenged. There has been frequent turnover of top editors, in addition to a recent effort to update the magazine’s chart rules drew vigorous lobbying by both the major record labels in addition to the streaming services.
Although Mr. Amato’s title encompassed Billboard in addition to The Hollywood Reporter, he was far more associated with Billboard. He was a driving force behind efforts like the chart revisions, which went into effect last week, in addition to a brand-new Hot 100 Music Festival — named after the magazine’s standard singles chart — at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island. This particular year’s festival, set for Aug. 18 in addition to 19, is actually to feature Halsey, Rae Sremmurd, Future in addition to DJ Snake.
Mr. Amato, who helped found a taxi advertising company in addition to was chief executive of Backstage, a publication aimed at actors, had been a top executive at Billboard since 2013 in addition to at The Hollywood Reporter since 2014.