David Chalian, Politico’s vice president for video programming, will be leaving the Rosslyn-based news site this month, according to a staff memo from Politico Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley. Chalian is departing because he is “eager to get back to his journalistic roots and pursue opportunities at broadcast news operations,” Kingsley writes in the memo.

Chalian will be leaving a productive Politico video hive, according to Kingsley: “The team has been cranking out more than 100 videos a week, many of them new programs like Behind the Curtain, POLITICO Junkies and This Week in Congress. We’ve also seen record traffic in recent months. In April, for example, we saw a 45% increase in video views compared to the same month in 2012.” Back in April, however, the Huffington Post reported that Politico had put a key web video show on ice just as The Post was preparing to ramp up its own offerings in this area.

The departure leaves Chalian months shy of serving a full year at Politico. His hiring was announced in October 2012, just weeks after he was fired from Yahoo! News after he made an offensive remark on a hot mic about Republicans.

More to come on this.

Here’s the full memo:

 

Hey gang,

I wanted to give you a heads-up that David Chalian is leaving us this month. He is eager to get back to his journalistic roots and pursue opportunities at broadcast news operations.

David has been instrumental in creating and implementing our new original video programs and building out our online video operation. He has our gratitude for the great work he has done.

Thankfully, David leaves us with our video strategy in full motion. The team has been cranking out more than 100 videos a week, many of them new programs like Behind the Curtain, POLITICO Junkies and This Week in Congress. We’ve also seen record traffic in recent months. In April, for example, we saw a 45% increase in video views compared to the same month in 2012.

Those who worked closely with David on all video efforts will take on expanded roles as we continue to beef up our video squad and roll out new video features.

More on that in the weeks to come…

Kim

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.