MUMBAI: US media conglomerate News Corp has named Almar Latour editor-in-chief of Dow Jones Newswires in Asia. This is in addition to his responsibilities as editor-in-chief, Asia, of The Wall Street Journal, a position he has held since 2009.
The appointment comes as editorial operations of Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal in Asia become a single news operation with common focus on delivering reliable, differentiated news and analysis on the world and the world of business.
In his expanded role, Latour will lead efforts to further strengthen the editorial coverage and expansion through digital, local-language and other initiatives. Latour has overseen the Journal‘s expansion across all platforms in the region, including The Wall Street Journal Asia and asia.WSJ.com, as well as its Chinese and Japanese-language editions online.
Dow Jones editor-in-chief, The Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson said, "Under Almar‘s leadership, The Wall Street Journal in Asia has soared to new heights, with more than 10 million readers accessing our pre-eminent coverage across platforms and languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Hindi. He is a thoughtful mentor and a fearless, peerless journalist who will lead a talented team of reporters and editors with determination and distinction."
Dow Jones Newswires managing editor Neal Lipschutz added, "With Almar at the helm of both Dow Jones Newswires and the Journal in Asia, the integration of our editorial resources is entering a new chapter. Our combined news team will be stronger than ever and ready to deliver even more top-quality coverage of some of the fastest-growing economies in the world."
Latour will report to Thomson for overall strategy, new initiatives and The Wall Street Journal, and to Lipschutz for Dow Jones Newswires.