Bill Marimow fired from Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer says he fired editor Bill Marimow over "philosophical differences on the direction of the company."

Publisher Bob Hall tells The Associated Press that his decision to oust the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Monday should not surprise anyone. He says editorial changes are underway to respond to market research.

Hall won't say whether the company's owners signed off on the move. They include influential New Jersey Democrat George Norcross III and former New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz.

Their company is the fifth owner in six years for the newspaper and also operates the Philadelphia Daily News and

Marimow isn't commenting. He also served as the Inquirer's editor from 2006 to 2010.

The Inquirer won a Pulitzer last year for reports on school violence.