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Journal Editor Thomson Says European Publisher Exit ‘Honorable’

October 13, 2011

Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Robert Thomson, managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, said European Publisher Andrew Langhoff “did the honorable thing” by resigning amid questions over editorial integrity.

“There was the perception of pressure” on the editorial staff to influence coverage, Thomson said today at a business journalists’ event in New York. “There has to be a clear line between church and state,” he said.

Langhoff, 49, quit this week as publisher of the Journal’s European edition. He cited a possible perception of impropriety involving two articles that originated with a sponsor, Executive Learning Partnership. The Guardian newspaper reported ELP was part of a broader effort to inflate circulation, a charge Journal parent News Corp. has rejected.

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--Editor: Rob Golum

To contact the reporter on this story: Brett Pulley in New York at bpulley@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rob Golum at rgolum@bloomberg.net; Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net


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