MEDIA: Culf set for news role at Guardian

The Guardian newspaper has made two senior appointments - Andrew

Culf as news editor and Liz McGregor as the paper's analysis editor.

Culf, who is currently night editor, was previously media correspondent

of the paper and takes over on 1 October from Clare Margetson, who has

been appointed women's editor. Libby Brooks, the existing women's

editor, will become a full-time features writer on the paper.

Culf began his career at the East Anglian Times before joining the paper

in 1989.

He will also be responsible for the day-to-day running of the news desk

and the home news pages in conjunction with home news editor Harriet


McGregor, who began her career working for local papers in South Africa,

joined the paper in 1990 and was made letters and deputy comment editor

in 1997.

She reported to comment editor David Leigh, who was himself transferred

to a wider investigative role last month.

McGregor takes over from David Walker who moves to the news desk to

monitor the Government's performance on delivery of its targets for

public services.

She described the three pages of comment and analysis as the 'heart of

the paper' and said she wanted to broaden the range of the subjects


McGregor said readers could expect more pieces on foreign news,

environmental news and issues affecting women.

'Whatever the main subject of the day, with the analysis pages we try to

provide a definitive piece and to boil down the arguments,' she


'For example we might want a piece on the issues at stake in Middle

East, or a total audit of how the government is getting on in South


'The fact that I am a woman should also make a difference to the

subjects I choose - I am more interested in things that affect women,'

she added.

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