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New ed for JC

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-02-22

Jewish Chronicle

Jewish Chronicle

Following a year without an editor, the Jewish Chronicle has appointed national newspaper journalist David Rowan to the role in which it hopes he will continue with stopping the declining circulation the paper has suffered over recent years.

Rowan, 40, joins this summer, over a year after previous editor Ned Temko left the 165-year-old newspaper to join The Observer as chief political correspondent.

Since then, former Jerusalem Post editor Jeff Barak has been looking after the editorial interests as managing editor of the paper which has a circulation of 34,608. Only a few years ago, it was selling 40,000 copies.

Currently writing for The Times and London's Evening Standard, Rowan has also held senior editorial roles at The Guardian where he spent a decade and edited its Saturday news review and launched the tabloid Education supplement.

In March 2005 he interviewed former Jewish Chronicle editor Ned Temko for the Evening Standard, days after Temko announced he was leaving the paper.

"It is a special honour and responsibility to edit such an authoritative newspaper as the Jewish Chronicle," Rowan said. "As I seek to broaden its reach in the digital age,  I intend to build on its vital 165 year old role at the heart of the British Jewish community."

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