After months of speculation, the Guardian have appointed their new editor-in-chief and it is not a man. Katharine Viner, the Guardian US editor, will become the paper’s first female editor later this year when she takes over from Alan Rusbridger as the publication’s editor-in-chief .
The decision comes after a drawn out process which saw the Oxford graduate come out top against her Guardian rivals – including Janine Gibson – in a staff ballot. It’s thought Viner had to compete with the publication’s former deputy editor Ian Katz in the final round, with the pair both having interviews with the Scott Trust.
However, it was people’s favourite Viner who impressed, with sources claiming that Katz’s decision to leave the Guardian in 2013 to join the BBC as Newsnight editor was a factor in the trust’s decision. The appointment has certainly pleased Rusbridger, whose relationship with Katz is said to have suffered since he quit.
Delighted the brilliant Kath Viner to be 12th Editor of the Guardian in 194 yrs.Only instruction: “Carry on as heretofore”
— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) March 20, 2015
The news should go down well at Guardian towers according to Mr S’s office mole. ‘Katharine is a safe pair of hands,’ Steerpike’s spy says. ‘She won’t rock the boat, she will keep the paper on its current course.’
A safe pair of hands maybe, but will she bring home the Pulitzer prize?