London’s ‘Times’ Editor Steps Down


(AP) Peter Stothard, editor of London’s Times newspaper, is stepping down after 10 years in the position. The date of his departure was not given, and no successor was named immediately.

“I want to leave the editor’s chair when The Times is at a high point in its history,” 50-year-old Stothard, who had cancer in 2000, told a staff meeting Thursday.

Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. owns The Times, said: “As editor since 1992, Peter led The Times through its greatest period of growth for a century. … Professionally, Peter’s editorship will be remembered as a great era in the newspaper’s long history.”

No reason was given for Stothard’s departure. Stothard had previously worked in Washington for the paper and was also its U.S. editor. He took temporary leave in March 2000, after his cancer diagnosis, and returned to the paper early last year.

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