Financial Times reporter resigns after accusations of spying on rivals’ Zoom calls

A Financial Times reporter has resigned after he was accused of eavesdropping on Zoom calls at rival UK newspapers in which executives revealed layoff plans to staffers.

Mark Di Stefano had been suspended earlier in the week when London’s The Independent told the FT he had gotten unauthorized access to its private Zoom calls as well as those of London’s Evening Standard. Di Stefano had cited as his source “people on the call” — without revealing that he was one of the people.

“Hi, letting everyone know today was my last day at the FT,” Di Stefano tweeted on Friday. “This afternoon I offered my resignation. Thank you everyone who has given support. I’m now going to take some time away and log off x”

The FT had not commented initially on Di Stefano, a former BuzzFeed reporter who covers media for the publication. On Friday, FT did not mention Di Stefano by name, but did say he had resigned and issued a formal apology.

“Last week the FT received a complaint from The Independent that a reporter joined a staff conference call without authorisation. Access details had been shared with him. The journalist in question has now resigned from the company. The FT wishes to apologize to The Independent and the Evening Standard, which subsequently informed the FT that the same reporter had accessed a meeting it held.”