five years ago when The Wall Street Journal the rumor mill circulated about the editor-in-chief Jerry BakerFollowing his highly anticipated exit, two names emerged as favorites to take his place on the legendary broadsheet Matt Murray, a respected long track record log veteran who was recently promoted to job No. 2. The other, as I reported at the time, was Emma Tucker, then deputy editor of The times of London, a sister publication in the vast family tree of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp.
When Baker finally stepped aside in June 2018 – much to the delight of the newsroom, where he wasn’t exactly the most well-liked man – it was Murray who the company appointed as his successor. But now those red-hot Tucker rumors from yesterday have come back with a vengeance. On Monday night, Semafor strongly suggested that a high-profile switcheroo was in the works, reporting that “Executives at News Corp in London have told employees that they have sent the editor of the Sunday Times, Emma Tucker, to take on the top editorial job The Wall Street Journal.“The report captured the log‘the s news editors surprised, according to several insiders. By September, rumor was buzzing throughout New York and London that Tucker was headed for a new role at the Log. Reporters at multiple outlets chased the chatter—myself included—but it didn’t seem to make sense at the time, and the gossip cooled as quickly as it had spread. log staffers continued to struggle to uncover the truth of Semafor’s report from the previous night. Murray appeared to be in good spirits, some noted, wondering if his apparently cheerful mood was really indicative of a man about to be shown the door. (Or maybe?) it’s a scenario where he would get another job within the company? Who knows.)
The word to the editors, albeit unofficially, I’m told, is that Murray will be replaced sometime in mid-December. At an all-hands quarterly meeting on Wednesday morning, Almar Latour, CEO of the logThe Dow Jones umbrella organization was asked about the Semafor story, but said it would not comment on “rumours and speculation,” the same line I got from spokesmen for Dow Jones and News UK, Murdoch’s UK newspaper division. Meanwhile, it’s been quiet so far from Murray, who is the log during the pandemic and supported major investigations into TikTok, Facebook, and federal judges, among others.
Murray is popular among worker bees, and his ascension in 2018 was seen as a restoration of order after Baker’s controversial five-year reign, marred by seething internal discontent over his dealings with the paper. Donald Trump cover log lifer Murray also seemed to represent a realignment of the newspaper’s roots, after more than a decade of rule by Murdoch’s lieutenants from abroad. Tucker’s appointment would mark a return to the familiar playbook of British and Australian editors brought in to oversee tuckers in Murdoch. New York. She has had the same career path as Baker and his more beloved predecessor, robert thomson, now CEO of News Corp: van The Financial times until The times from London to the log.Since 2020, Tucker has been editor of Sunday times, which won the London Press Club’s Sunday Newspaper of the Year award last month. “A fitting tribute as the newspaper celebrates its 200th anniversary,” Tucker noted on Twitter.
log no doubt people are tense about what a possible shakeup would mean for the newspaper, and they are trying to get a sense of the woman who may or may not be their new boss. From what I’ve heard, Tucker is “well thought out”, as an affiliated British journalist put it, and “people like working for her. She is widely regarded as a The Sunday times better after a few rather patchy years.” She’s also said to be “more liberal” than Baker or Thomson, for what that’s worth, and also sharply tuned into digital, which she said was one of her focuses as deputy editor of The times“The challenge for us, as it is for so many older publishers,” Tucker said in an interview for the Media Masters podcast in 2018, when she was still in that role, “finds the right balance between print and digital. We can’t afford to neglect our print product because so many people still have the Time in print. But equally, we cannot allow old printing practices to hold us back digitally. So it’s a constant push on the digital front.”
In the same interview, Tucker emphasized the importance of portraying “a range of voices” in her publication. “We’re not coming at you from the left, and we’re not coming at you from the right. You’re both sides of the argument,” she said, wisely objecting when the host went on to suggest that Trump “is a lunatic who’s taking us on a day will kill all, in my opinion’.
“In your opinion,” Tucker replied. “I couldn’t possibly comment – we’re neutral about our reporting. And actually, in many ways, because there’s so much talk, so many people, so much partisan commentary, again, people are saying, ‘Oh, it must be awful to be a journalist now to be.’ I actually think it’s a really good time to be a journalist – for a reputable publication. Because what you’re trying to do is help people make sense of these extraordinary times we’re going through… Our mission is clear: to explain, analyze, comment and help people understand these great historical events happening around us.”