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Roger Alton’s resurgence

By Tom Chatfield  

Seems like it’s still all-change in liberal-newspaper-land, with the news that Roger Alton—who recently resigned from the editorship of the Observer over bitter clashes with “senior figures” at the Guardian—may soon replace Simon Kelner as editor of the Independent (Kelner would step up into a senior management role).

Alton’s arrival would certainly be an exciting tonic for Britain’s youngest broadsheet, and would surely mark a more aggressive stance towards the Guardian‘s traditional dominance of the centre-left audience. There is, after all, little love lost between Alton and his erstwhile colleague, the Guardian‘s Alan Rusbridger; and the Independent has already showed…

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