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Engadget Editorial Director Heads to TMZ

After hearing from a source that Joshua Fruhlinger is leaving his position as editorial director for Engadget, Joystiq and TUAW to oversee digital at TMZ, Mario Ruiz, spokesperson for Huffington Post Media Group confirmed Fruhlinger’s departure.

Ruiz commented:

“We’ll miss Josh enormously, and wish him the best of luck as he takes on his big new role at TMZ. And we’re delighted that he’ll be bringing his passion for tech and gadgets to Engadget as an ongoing contributor. In his role as editor-in-chief of Engadget, Tim Stevens will oversee Engadget’s editorial vision and execution, while Jay Kirsch, who is overseeing business for our tech sites including Engadget, will oversee the business side of the site.”

Fruhlinger added:

“Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW are in my blood. Since 2004, I’ve worked hard to make them among the best tech news and information destinations in the world, and I feel now is as good a time as any to step aside and let the amazing teams at the sites’ helms do what they do best. Of course, moving to California to be close to my family has a good deal to do with my decision, and I look forward to seeing my parents, siblings, and their children on a regular basis.”

Our source did add that the position was mainly a business role; HuffPost Media Group isn’t looking for a replacement.

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