Top Editor Bails on Journal

Four months under Murdoch regime enough for Brauchli
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 9:54 AM CDT
The front page of the Jan. 2, 2007 issue of the Wall Street Journal, center, is seen in New York in this Jan. 2, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
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(Newser) – Four months into the Rupert Murdoch era, the Wall Street Journal’s managing editor is resigning. Marcus Brauchli, in the job since May, has tried to chart a path between Murdoch and the paper’s traditionalists, sources told Time, which broke the story on its website. The split is said to be amicable, and Brauchli is likely to take another post with the company.

It's unclear whether Brauchli jumped or was pushed, sources told the New York Times.  Publisher Robert Thomson, who the Journal said was “already was involved in overseeing editorial matters,” may take over during the search for a successor. But any change must be approved by the special committee appointed to ensure the Journal’s editorial independence.