Thomson appointment could quicken Journal makeover

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch named long-time confidant Robert Thomson managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. He is the former editor of the Times of London, and former US managing editor of the Financial Times.

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch named long-time confidant Robert Thomson managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. He is the former editor of the Times of London, and former US managing editor of the Financial Times. The special committee set up to preserve the newspaper's editorial integrity in the wake of News Corp.'s 2007 acquisition unanimously approved the appointment. Thomson will also serve as editor-in-chief of Dow Jones, while Leslie Hinton, Dow Jones CEO, will serve as Journal publisher in addition to his existing duties.

Media critics believe the move will hasten Murdoch's makeover of the paper, which includes more general interest and political coverage. Some speculate that Murdoch wants the Journal to compete more directly with the New York Times.

Thomson, most recently the Journal's publisher, replaces Marcus Brauchli, who resigned last month. The special committee protested his resignation.

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