An Independent appointment for Bank of England

Peter Rodgers, financial editor at the Independent, has been appointed chief press spokesman for the Bank of England.

Peter Rodgers, financial editor at the Independent, has been

appointed chief press spokesman for the Bank of England.



He takes on the official role as secretary of the Bank of England in

early March, becoming only the second outside journalist to be

appointmented to the role since 1941.



Rodgers, previously a staffer at the Sunday Times and senior business

writer at the Guardian before he joined the Independent seven years ago,

succeeds John Footman.



He will take charge of a press office team of four. His official duties

also involve him managing over 100 additional staff at the bank,

including the Bank of England museum.



The job comes at a crucial point in the bank’s history as it prepares

for the impact of a single European currency - with or without

sterling.



’It’s an incredibly interesting time for the Bank of England with a

possible change of Government, the question of reaction to a single

currency, and the on-going debate of how much the bank should be

independent from Government,’ said Rodgers.



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