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21 July 2016: The Financial Times announces a string of new editorial appointments to further strengthen its coverage of Britain’s exit from the European Union, for a growing global readership.
Dan Dombey (@danieldombey) becomes the FT’s first Brexit editor, in addition to his responsibilities as global economy news producer. Dombey will coordinate the FT’s Brexit coverage, managing resources and overseeing content output across all channels.
The FT is also boosting its presence in Brussels. Alan Beattie (@alanbeattie), a former US economics editor and world trade editor, is moving his leader writing role from London to the Belgian capital next month. Former markets reporter and Lex writer Rochelle Toplensky (@RToplensky) is also relocating to Brussels to cover European regulation as EU correspondent.
Financial Times editor Lionel Barber said: “The repercussions from Brexit will be felt across the continent as we approach elections in France and Germany, and a referendum in Italy. It is vital that the FT remains the single most important source of news and analysis on Brexit, and these changes will ensure that our coverage, while still paying due attention to an informed British audience, is increasingly accessible to international readers demanding agenda-setting European news and analysis.”
Additional changes include the appointment of former political and diplomatic editor James Blitz (@JamesBlitz) as Whitehall editor. He will work with the Westminster team under political editor George Parker, overseeing coverage of the courts and public policy.
Former deputy world news editor Joshua Chaffin (@JoshuaChaffin) will be exploring the divides in the UK across regions, demographies and wealth, linking up with the FT’s team of regional correspondents in a new UK correspondent role.
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