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
- The Financial Times has promoted David Wighton to the post of UK
companies editor. Wighton was previously chief political correspondent
at the paper.