Four Guardian editorship front runners going forward to staff ballot named

Four candidates for the job of Guardian editor have chosen to put their names forward for a staff ballot.

The four are:

  • former Guardian digital director Emily Bell, who has been director of the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism in the US since 2010
  • Wolfgang Blau, who joined the paper in 2012 and is director of digital strategy
  • editor Janine Gibson and
  • Guardian US editor Katharine Viner.

According to the Scott Trust (which owns The Guardian), 26 people applied to replace Alan Rusbridger as Guardian editor.

Of these, only four have expressed the wish to make their case publicly before Guardian journalists in an open hustings on 25 February.

Previously, The Guardian editor has effectively been elected by journalists on the title.

This time the winner of their vote will only be guaranteed a place on the shortlist.

The Scott Trust has emphasised that it will have the final say on who should succeed Rusbridger.

Bell is the only outside applicant to have put her name forward for the public vote.

Former Guardian deputy editor Ian Katz, now editor of Newsnight, is another outsider who is thought to be a possible contender for the position.

The Scott Trust has revealed that “all core editorial staff” at Guardian News and Media will have a say in the vote for the new editor. This includes Guardian US and Guardian Australia.

The vote will open on 26 Feburary and close on 4 March.

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