'Double, double, toil and trouble'
ARTHUR Sulzberger Jr, whose family controls The New York Times Company, announced on Wednesday that he had replaced the paper's first woman editor, Jill Abramson, with her second in command, Dean Baquet.
Mixing gender, management style and trust is a brew worthy of the witches' cauldron in MacBeth. Did she double? Was she trouble? Who toiled?
Gender has been dismissed as a cause - but then, it would be, wouldn't it?
Ms Abramson's departure from The New York Times certainly sparked debate. The true cause may never be revealed.
There has been speculation and controversy over whether she was paid less than her predecessor, which Mr Sulzberger denied.
He has cited her aggressive management style as a reason for the dismissal, including "arbitrary decision-making, a failure to consult...inadequate communication and public mistreatment of colleagues".
While abrasiveness has been cited by those apparently in the know, anyone who thinks a top media job can be held without abrasiveness today is living on another planet.
Personal disagreements? My experience is that - if anything - women handle these better than men, getting them into the open and then forgetting them.