MEDIA: Business editor quits the Observer

The Observer’s business editor, Mick Smith, has quit the paper as Gail Counsell, the recently appointed associate editor (business ) begins a restructuring of the department.

The Observer’s business editor, Mick Smith, has quit the paper as Gail

Counsell, the recently appointed associate editor (business ) begins a

restructuring of the department.



Counsell, who could not be contacted, is understood to be recruiting a

number of writers for the business section. It is still unclear whether

Smith, who took voluntary redundancy, will be replaced or whether

Counsell will combine both roles.



It is understood that Smith was unhappy about having to hand over

responsibility for editing to Counsell.



Counsell moved over to the Observer last month from the Scotsman.



Other editorial changes at the newspaper include environment

correspondent Polly Ghanzi becoming Whitehall correspondent and science

editor Robin McKie including environment in his patch.



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