Economist’s John Micklethwait to replace Matt Winkler as Bloomberg’s Editor in Chief

by James McFarlane | 1st December 2014
  • Winkler will become Editor in Chief Emeritus
  • Move follows Mike Bloomberg's return as CEO

There has today been some big moves on the commanding heights of the international financial media. Bloomberg News announced today that its founding editor, Matt Winkler, is to step back from day-to-day news operations and will be replaced by John Micklethwait – currently Editor in Chief of The Economist. The role oversees editorial content across the organisation, including news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital as well as Bloomberg Intelligence and Bloomberg Brief.

The Economist has said it will now seek a new editor to be appointed early in the New Year.

Micklethwait had been with The Economist for 27 years, following two years as a banker for Chase Manhattan Bank. Early in his career he set up the Economist’s LA office and also served as New York Bureau Chief and US Editor before he became Editor in 2006 and Editor in Chief in 2010. A champion of free markets, privatisation and smaller state, John already enjoys a global profile on television and radio, and has co-authored a number of books with Adrian Wooldridge (also of The Economist), including “The Fourth Revolution” published earlier this year.

John completes the set of Brits dominating US journalism, alongside Mark Thompson at the New York Times and Gerard Baker at Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal.

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