MSNBC.com EIC to Head Reuters Digital

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(AP) Reuters Group PLC, the news and financial data provider, said Wednesday that it has appointed Dean Wright, the editor-in-chief of MSNBC.com, to head its digital media business.

Reuters said Wright will take up the new post of senior vice president and managing editor for consumer services in New York, where he will lead the editorial operations and programming for the company’s consumer media services, including the online, mobile, and interactive television platforms.

Wright’s appointment underscores efforts by Reuters to expand its digital media business.

“Dean’s strong journalistic background and proven record of building and retaining a major online audience make him the ideal person to run our global operation,” said David Schlesinger, Reuters’ global managing editor. “He will play a key role in bringing the power of Reuters’ renowned news and information directly to consumers across the globe.”

Wright will report to Schlesinger and work closely with Media President Chris Ahearn, Reuters said.

Wright has over 30 years experience in journalism and was a senior director at America Online, where he helped manage the integration of programming between AOL and the Time Inc. Web sites, before joining MSNBC.com.

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