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Wall Street Journal editor may resign

Wall Street Journal editor may resign
Rupert Murdochs's News Corp, publisher of the New York Post newspaper, appears on the verge of reaching a definitive agreement with members of the Bancroft family to secure the $5 billion dollar takeover bid for their Dow Jones and Company, announced in the Wall Street Journal online edition on July 31, 2007. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen) | License Photo

NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that its top editor, Marcus Brauchli, is expected to resign from his position soon.

No date was announced, but the Journal said its publisher, Robert Thomson, "may take over as interim managing editor."

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Brauchli, who would not confirm his departure, would be leaving after 11 months on the job and five months after Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. purchased the Journal's owner, Dow Jones & Co., for $5.16 billion.

It is unclear whether Brauchli was resigning out of frustration with editorial changes made since December or whether he was being forced out, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Since December, the Journal, with a daily circulation of more than 2 million -- the second largest among U.S. newspapers -- has shifted its focus away from business news to politics and general interest news, the Times reported.

Before working at the Journal, Thomson was managing editor of The Times of London, which is also owned by News Corp.

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