Report: Apple News Head Liz Schimel Stepping Down

By Amit Chowdhry ● February 5, 2020
  • Apple News head Liz Schimel is stepping down from the company, according to Bloomberg

Apple News head Liz Schimel is stepping down from the company, according to Bloomberg. Schimel became the head of Apple News in July 2018. Previously, Schimel worked as an EIR at Comcast Ventures, president at Condé Nast International, and chief digital officer at Meredith.

Schimel’s departure comes less than a year since Apple News+ launched. While working at Apple, Schimel oversaw relationships between publishers and advertisers. Now Apple is reportedly looking to hire a key player from the publishing industry to succeed Schimel.

At Apple, Schimel was reporting to Apple head of Video, News, Books, iCloud, and Advertising Services Peter C. Stern and Apple Editor in Chief Lauren Kern.

Apple News is currently seeing 100 million monthly active users. And as of April 2019, Apple News+ had 200,000 subscribers.

Apple News originally launched in 2015. And the service aggregates news articles from a number of major publishers. Apple News+ currently costs $10 per month and it offers access to digital newspapers and magazines. While The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times are offered through Apple News+, The New York Times and The Washington Post are not on Apple News+.

It is rumored that Apple is working on a bundle for Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple News+, which may launch later this year.