Monday, December 15, 2014

Londoners Will Be Running All Four Top News Businesses in the US

David Warsh comments:
The news last week that John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief ofThe Economist, would be moving to New York from London to take charge of the far-flung editorial operations at Bloomberg News reminded me of s politically incorrect joke from my Midwestern childhood – the one about the Norwegian who moved from Minnesota to Wisconsin, thereby raising the average IQ in both states....
First things first. Micklethwait’s move means that Londoners will be running all four top news businesses in the US.  Mark Thompson, former director general of the BBC, is president and chief executive of The New York Times, Gerard Baker, former US editor of The Times of London, is managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, and Will Lewis, former chief creative officer of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., is CEO of Dow Jones & Co,. Andrew Rashbass, former publisher of The Economist and chief executive of The Economist Group, is boss of Reuters, the news unit of Thomson Reuters.
Why the Brits?  That’s easy – because all have experience in organizations that have successfully accommodated themselves to the Web and, through some combination of history and necessity, established themselves among the first truly global brands.  The success of The Economist, the Financial Times, and the BBC point to the possibility that London is the center of the English-speaking world. The success of the grand old liberal Guardian– third most widely-read newspaper site in the world since going digital-first in 2011 – suggests that there is indeed something in the London air.


  1. So I wonder if all the :tfh: about the Queen really calling the shots is really true...lolz

  2. Why the Brits? That’s easy – because all have experience in o̶r̶g̶a̶n̶i̶z̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶s̶u̶c̶c̶e̶s̶s̶f̶u̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶a̶c̶c̶o̶m̶m̶o̶d̶a̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶m̶s̶e̶l̶v̶e̶s̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶W̶e̶b̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶,̶ ̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶ ̶c̶o̶m̶b̶i̶n̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶h̶i̶s̶t̶o̶r̶y̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶n̶e̶c̶e̶s̶s̶i̶t̶y̶,̶ ̶e̶s̶t̶a̶b̶l̶i̶s̶h̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶m̶s̶e̶l̶v̶e̶s̶ ̶a̶m̶o̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶f̶i̶r̶s̶t̶ ̶t̶r̶u̶l̶y̶ ̶g̶l̶o̶b̶a̶l̶ ̶b̶r̶a̶n̶d̶s̶ conducting mass agitation propaganda campaigns.

    1. Also they conveniently lack that natural American predisposition towards liberty and the concern for her future. So much easier to do as your told when you don't have ideals and principles bogging you down.

      Gun rights anyone?


      By the way, has anybody else noticed the MSM print media is targeting e-cigarette regulation? It caught my attention this week, but I am unsure of the driving force behind it.

  3. It's a no brainer the gig is up.....