Hutton brings with him the Guardian’s home news editor Paul Webster as
deputy editor. Meanwhile, Guardian and Observer editor-in-chief Peter
Preston, who pushed for Jaspan’s appointment, moves into the hands-off
position of non-executive board director.
Alan Rusbridger, who replaced Preston as Guardian editor in 1995 when
Preston became editor-in-chief, becomes executive editor over both
titles and remains editor of the Guardian.
Hutton is the third person to edit the Observer since it was bought by
the Guardian Media Group in May 1993. Jaspan, a former editor of the
Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, replaced Jonathan Fenby, who was
previously deputy editor on the Guardian.
The changes come amid a downward spiral in sales and the imminent
arrival of Sunday broadsheet competitor -Tom Rubython’s Sunday Business
- this month.
A spokeswoman for the paper said it was too early to comment on what
changes would be made to the Observer but it is understood that the
Scott Trust, owner of the Guardian Media Group, is anxious for stronger
Hutton joined the Guardian in 1990 as economics editor following ten
years at the BBC as a producer and correspondent for programmes
including Newsnight, the Money Programme and Financial World Tonight. He
was named ‘political journalist of the year’ by Granada’s ‘What the
Papers Say Awards’ in 1993 and his book The State We’re In has stayed
high on best seller lists since it was published last year.