Journal committee gives insight into Thomson's hiring

Tom Bray, the unofficial spokesman for the special committee overseeing the Wall Street Journal's editorial independence, shed a little more light on Robert Thomson's hire as managing editor.

Tom Bray, the unofficial spokesman for the special committee overseeing the Wall Street Journal's editorial independence, shed a little more light on Robert Thomson's hire as managing editor. Bray told the New York Observer that News Corp. sent the group Thomson's name over a week ago. There may have been other candidates, but “some things don't get to a vote,” he added. For his part, Thomson says he feels “privileged” to be the Journal's new top guy. The newspaper's largest union responds that it wasn't surprised by the hire. News Corp. apologizes to the special committee for pushing out former managing editor Marcus Brauchli without its consent.

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People magazine bumps up its deadline by 12 hours.

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