Journalist Katty Kay Resigns From OZY Media Following NYT Story

Veteran journalist and political analyst Katty Kay resigned from her position at Ozy Media following a New York Times article that said a senior company executive tried to mislead potential investors.

“I submitted my resignation to Ozy Media yesterday morning,” Kay tweeted Wednesday. “I really wanted to work with the talented young reporters, but I wasn’t expecting this!”

Kay said she found the allegations in the New York Times “deeply disturbing” and that she “had no choice” but to end her relationship with Ozy.

Yesterday morning I submitted my resignation to Ozy Media. I really wanted to work with the talented young reporters, but I wasn’t expecting it!

– Katty Kay (@KattyKay_) September 29, 2021

Kay was hired in May by the media company, which distributes newsletters, video segments and podcasts on various digital platforms, to serve as a senior editor and executive producer. He also launched a podcast with the company’s founder and CEO, Carlos Watson.

His resignation comes just days after the New York Times published an article, citing multiple anonymous sources, revealing that a senior Ozy executive had posed as a YouTube staff member during a conference call with potential Goldman Sachs investors. On the call, the Ozy executive said, “Ozy was a huge hit on YouTube, racking up significant views and ad dollars,” the Times reported.

After YouTube learned of the incident and conducted an investigation into the call, Watson apologized to Goldman Sachs and said that the Ozy executive posing as a YouTube representative, COO Samir Rao, had been going through a mental health crisis, according to the times.

“Samir is a valued colleague and a close friend”, Watson said in an email to the newspaper. “I am proud to have supported him as he fought, and we are all happy to see him thrive again.”

Axios reported On Wednesday, one of Ozy’s early investors, SV Angel, had surrendered his shares in the company following the New York Times report.

The Hill has contacted Ozy for comment.

Kay, a regular on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and other political news shows, worked for years at the BBC as a host, reporter and correspondent before joining Ozy.

“I never found a reason to leave the BBC”, Kay said when he joined Ozy. “It took a really special place to get me out of a special place.”

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