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British Editor Won’t Take Washington Post Job Amid Outcry over Plan to Shake Up Newsroom

HeadlineJun 24, 2024

In media news, a British editor who was tapped for a top position at The Washington Post will no longer take the post, as outcry continues to mount over a plan to shake up the Post’s newsroom. The editor, Robert Winnett, will now stay at The Daily Telegraph instead of coming to the Post. The decision comes days after it was revealed that Winnett had a history of using fraudulently obtained phone and company records in newspaper articles. The Post’s chief executive, Will Lewis, is also coming under scrutiny over his record. Both Lewis and Winnett are veterans of British papers owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Last week, The Guardian revealed Lewis advised then-U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and top officials to “clean up” their phones amid public uproar over government violations of COVID safety precautions in what became known as “Partygate.” Lewis has also been accused of trying to suppress stories about his connection to the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper in Britain. Last week, the owner of the Post, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, voiced support for Lewis.

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