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Alan Rusbridger to Step Down as Editor-in-Chief of ‘The Guardian’

The editor will leave the paper next summer after 20 years to become chairman of Scott Trust

“The Guardian” will need a new editorial guardian next summer, as longtime editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger announced on Wednesday that he will will step down in 2015.

“In global journalism, there are a handful of roles that have the capability to redefine our industry,” Rusbridger said. “I am privileged to have held one of those roles for 20 years, a period in which successful newspapers have become global content providers, reaching audiences in dramatically new and valuable ways.”

“I am honoured to succeed the quite brilliant Liz Forgan as chair of The Scott Trust, preserving the independent editorial values and the long-term financial stability upon which our future depends. We have strong future leaders in place with unparalleled news and digital experience, and I know that our journalism will be in the best possible hands.”

No word on who will replace him as editor-in-chief at The Guardian.