NEW YORK One of The Wall Street Journal's top
editors is resigning several weeks after parent company News
Corp and its chief Rupert Murdoch named one of Murdoch's
longtime associates to run the paper.
Bill Grueskin, in charge of the paper's U.S. edition, will
leave the influential business daily in a few weeks to become
dean of academic affairs at Columbia University's Graduate
School of Journalism, according to a memo he wrote to employees
on Wednesday that was obtained by Reuters.
The Journal has made "huge strides" in its attempts to
adapt to a world of print and online news, he wrote. "Still,
the exigencies of updating a site 24/7 and putting out a
newspaper six days a week, along with budget, personnel and
other duties in this role, have left me little time to focus on
broader issues," he wrote.
Last month, Murdoch appointed Robert Thomson as the
Journal's top editor, succeeding Marcus Brauchli who resigned
under pressure in April. Murdoch is making other changes at the
Journal, most notably injecting more general news, political
and lifestyle coverage into the paper.
Grueskin's departure is not part of those changes, said
Journal spokesman Robert Christie. "Bill has had a
long-standing relationship with Columbia, and this is just a
natural progression in his career," Christie said.
(Reporting by Robert MacMillan; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)