MEDIA: Freeland to have a double editorial function at the FT editor Chrystia Freeland is to double up as editor of the paper's Weekend edition.

She fills a vacancy left by Julia Cuthbertson, who six weeks ago moved to a senior writing and associate editor role across the paper.

FT spokeswoman Joanna Manning-Cooper said the doubling up of two senior roles would later be reviewed and was not a cost-cutting move.

Due to the ongoing advertising slump, the paper has an internal head count freeze, but Manning-Cooper added that despite this a new role of deputy editor for will be created to assist Freeland with the day-to-day running of the online service.

'Chrystia was the best person for the role but still has a very important job to do with,' she said.

Freeland joined in October last year from the Globe & Mail in Toronto, where she was deputy editor, and has previously worked in a number of roles at the FT.

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