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March 20, 2015updated 23 Mar 2015 2:22pm

Katharine Viner to replace Alan Rusbridger as Guardian editor-in-chief

By William Turvill

Katharine Viner has been named as the new editor-in-chief of The Guardian.

The current US editor-in-chief is to replace Alan Rusbridger when he stands down this summer.

The Guardian reports: "Katharine Viner has been appointed the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history.

"Viner, currently the editor-in-chief of Guardian US, will take up the role in the summer from incumbent Alan Rusbridger, who is to stand down after 20 years.
"The Scott Trust, the ultimate owner of the Guardian which safeguards the title’s editorial future and independence, made the announcement on Friday after members of the board conducted final interviews with two shortlisted candidates. She will become only the 12th editor since the paper was founded in May 1821.
"Viner won the overwhelming support of Guardian and Observer staff in an indicative ballot held earlier this month. Fifty-three per cent of those who voted backed Viner with a first-choice vote of 438 in the single transferable vote system used for the ballot."

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