Emma Tucker is to be the first female editor of The Wall Street Journal, parent company NewsCorp announced on Monday. She will leave the editorship of the Sunday Times, a role she has held since January 2020, and succeed Matt Murray.
As a long-time admirer and reader of the brilliant journalism of The Wall Street Journal, it is my honor to edit this great newspaper. With some the best writers and the wisest minds on its staff, this impactful publication continues to set the agenda and reach ever-wider digital audiences around the world. I look forward to working with Matt through the transition. And I can’t wait to work with the entire team at the Journal and my new colleagues at Dow Jones, who have done so much in recent years to publish journalism that matters and set new records along the way.
Obviously, having a woman lead the WSJ for the first time is a big deal. It is another step forward in getting talented women to the top of the media ladder and means women are editing two of the world’s biggest business outlets – the Financial Times (Roula Khalaf) and the WSJ.
This move also demonstrates the power of being part of the Murdoch media machine, something I illustrated prior to the Piers Morgan’s interview with Cristiano Ronaldo being aired. It is, of course, relatively common to be moved around the News UK/NewsCorp system. We’ve seen many examples of it, of varying significance, over the years. Indeed, Murray is going to another senior role in the company to lead different projects. Tucker’s successor at The Sunday Times was not known at the time of writing, but don’t be surprised if that is someone from within the company too.
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