Speculation game focuses on Downie successor

Media watchers have turned their attention to The Washington Post, where publisher Katharine Weymouth is expected to name a replacement for executive editor Len Downie within a few weeks.

Media watchers have turned their attention to The Washington Post, where publisher Katharine Weymouth is expected to name a replacement for executive editor Len Downie within a few weeks. Called “the best in the business” by Washington Post Co. CEO Don Graham,  Downie told staffers on June 23 that he will step down Sept. 8. Post media columnist Howard Kurtz named former Wall Street Journal managing editor Marcus Brauchli; New York Times deputy managing editor Jonathan Landman; and Post managing editor Philip Bennet as possible replacements, while Times reporter Richard Perez-Pena adds Newsweek editor Jon Meacham to the list. Portfolio's Jeff Bercovici suspects Time's David Von Drehle and Post columnist David Ignatius are also in the running.

Also in the media glare:

Six years after its launch, Google News is far from dominating online news.

The New York Times and International Herald Tribune announce the two publications will merge Web sites and work more closely on print editions.

After being fired by CBS Radio last April over comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team, Don Imus is in hot water for a racially loaded quip about Dallas Cowboys defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones.

The Washington Post is planning a glossy magazine.

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