UK: George Brock
takes over at Saturday Times
Congratulations, George!Media Guardian reports that "Times managing editor George Brock is to take over as editor of the Saturday Times following Michael Gove's selection to stand for the safe Conservative seat of Surrey Heath.Brock
, a Times veteran of 23 years, takes over immediately but will continue to work with Gove
to "develop" the Saturday edition, the paper said today.He
won the promotion after a series of tough assignments, including overseeing the launch of the tabloid Times.... "Brock joined the Times in 1981 and has held many of the most senior positions on the paper, including opinion page editor, foreign editor and European editor.He is a regular contributor to the BBC and was recently elected president of the World Editors' Forum.
...George Brock, Managing Editor of The Times of London, has been elected President of the World Editors Forum, the global association dealing with issues of professional concern to senior news executives -- and the parent organization of this weblog.Mr Brock succeeds Gloria Brown Anderson of the New York Times.
is the only global organisation devoted to raising and maintaining the quality of journalism in newsrooms," said Mr Brock
."In addition to joining in press freedom campaigns with the World Association of Newspapers
, I would like to build up WEF's role as a network of editors who meet to exchange and debate best practice, trends and changes which affect journalists everywhere." The WEF
, the organisation for editors within the World Association of Newspapers
, provides senior news executives with an arena in which to exchange ideas and information about the business of editing newspapers.Its flagship event is its annual conference, held in conjunction with WAN's World Newspaper Congress
, the premier annual event of the global newspaper industry.Mr Brock's
election was announced at the the WEF Annual General Meeting, held on Wednesday during the World Editors Forum summit in Istanbul, Turkey.As Managing Editor for The Times, Mr Brock, 52, is responsible for editorial strategy and planning, recruitment, resources and media regulation.He was the launch editor of the compact edition of The Times.He joined the Times in 1981 and has been a features writer and editor, Opinion Page editor, Foreign Editor (1987-1990), bureau chief in Brussels (1991-1995), and European Editor (1995-1997).He
has contributed to newspapers across the world and broadcast frequently on the BBC
.He has been a member of the board of the WEF since 2001 and he sits on the British committee of the International Press Institute.He is a governor of the Anglo-American Ditchley Foundation.