Murdoch Names Thomson New Journal Editor
Publisher takes over spot left open after forced resignation
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2008 4:00 AM CDT
A smiling Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of NewsCorp leaves the NewsCorp Building after a vote by his board to approve the purchase of the Dow Jones Company at his Headquarters in New York in this July 31,...   (AP Photo/David Karp, file)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch has named Wall Street Journal publisher Robert J. Thomson as its top editor, reports the New York Times. Thomson, whom Murdoch made publisher just five months ago, was previously the top editor of Murdoch's Times of London. His appointment is expected to speed the pace of change at the paper, in the wake of the resignation of former managing editor Marcus Brauchli, who was forced out last month.

Thomson, like Murdoch, is an Australian native with a Chinese wife and two young children, the Journal reports; the men are close and the families have vacationed together. He has also been the US editor of the Financial Times and a foreign correspondent. Thomson will be managing editor of the newspaper and editor in chief of Dow Jones, the Journal's parent company; the appointment was approved by the committee established to protect the Journal's editorial integrity, which was not consulted in Brauchli's departure.