With Katharine Viner guaranteed a final round interview to be the next Guardian editor-in-chief after winning a staff ballot, rumours are circulating that her former colleague Ian Katz is the other horse left in the race.
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) March 13, 2015
Katz left his role as deputy editor of the Guardian to join the BBC as Newsnight editor in 2013. At the time, it was reported that he had grown tired of waiting for Alan Rusbridger to step down as editor.
If it is the case that Katz is in the final two, his interview with the Scott Trust should be an interesting one. Katz made some rather indiscreet comments about the newspaper industry after his first Newsnight episode aired. He accidentally tweeted to his followers a private message in which he called Rachel Reeves ‘boring snoring’ before going on to claim that ‘telly MUCH netter (sic) than snooooozepapers innit.’
Meanwhile, Mr S wonders what’s next for the Guardian‘s website editor-in-chief Janine Gibson, who came a lowly third in the staff ballot. Perhaps it’s time for a new challenge. If so, is the New York Times still interested? Mr S hears they are opening a London office.
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