Media: Groom takes political helm at FT

The Financial Times (FT) has appointed Brian Groom to replace Robert Peston as political editor. Peston moved this week to become financial editor of the FT, a move which was announced before Christmas. He in turn replaced Martin Dixon, who has moved to the comment-focused role of City editor.

The Financial Times (FT) has appointed Brian Groom to replace

Robert Peston as political editor. Peston moved this week to become

financial editor of the FT, a move which was announced before Christmas.

He in turn replaced Martin Dixon, who has moved to the comment-focused

role of City editor.



Groom has been the paper’s South of England correspondent and head of

its team of six regional reporters for two years. As the paper’s first

regions team leader he worked to increase the profile of regional

reporting within the FT, the third highest selling national broadsheet

after the Telegraph and the Times.



He began the job in 1997, having previously been editor of Scotland on

Sunday. He said: ’It was at the time of the general election and the

whole constitutional future of the country was up for grabs.’



Groom spent just over nine years at Scotland on Sunday, having joined it

at its launch in 1988 as deputy editor. He was made editor after six and

a half years. Before that he was UK news editor at the FT. His other

jobs at the FT have included being a labour reporter during the miners’

strike in the mid-1980s, and news editor in the late-1980s.



As political editor, Groom said he wanted to ’reinforce the paper’s

reputation for independence, fairness and accuracy.’ He takes up the job

next week.



- The Financial Times has promoted David Wighton to the post of UK

companies editor. Wighton was previously chief political correspondent

at the paper.



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