Editor of The Economist Steps Down
13-Year Tenure Marks One Of Longest Runs At the Publication
Bill Emmott is stepping down as editor of The Economist after 13 years in that position and 26 years total with the publication. He was the 15th editor of The Economist and had the longest tenure since Geoffrey Crowther, who held the position from 1938-1956. In 2005, The Economist’s North American July-December circulation audit figures were up 12.8 percent over the same period in 2004 to 569,336, and up 152 percent from the same period in 1992, when Emmott was named editor. Advertising revenue was up 11.3 percent to $72.4 million in 2005 according to Publishers Information Bureau, although ad pages fell 1.9 percent to 2,155.33 in the same period. Emmott will focus on writing books. The Economist’s Board of directors will choose a new editor although no timeframe for naming a replacement was given.
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