NEW YORK: News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch named Robert Thomson the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, replacing Marcus Brauchli who resigned last month. Thomson, who had been named publisher of the Wall Street Journal when News Corp. completed its 2007 acquisition of Dow Jones, assumed his new role effective immediately, News Corp. said in a statement released May 20. The special committee created to oversee the Journal’s editorial independence during the acquisition unanimously approved Thomson's appointment.
Thomson, the former editor of the Times of London, will also serve as editor-in-chief of Dow Jones. Leslie Hinton, Dow Jones CEO, will serve as Journal publisher in addition to his existing duties. Neal Lipschultz, Dow Jones News Wires managing editor, will report to Thomson. Editorial page editor Paul Gigot will report to Hinton.