Viner appointed as Guardian editor
The Guardian has appointed Kath Viner as its new editor, the first woman to hold the post in the paper's almost 200-year history, it has revealed.
Viner, who was a former deputy editor and most recently editor-in-chief of its American operation, takes over as editor-in-chief from Alan Rusbridger, who has held the past for 20 years.
Rusbridger, who will in 2016 become chairman of the Scott Trust, the ultimate parent of the Guardian and Observer newspapers, tweeted: "Delighted the brilliant Kath Viner to be 12th Editor of the Guardian in 194 yrs.Only instruction: 'Carry on as heretofore'."
Oxford-graduate Viner, who joined The Guardian in 1997, was the winner of a internal ballot of Guardian staff last month, but the final decision was made by the Scott Trust.
She joins a small group of women who edit newspapers, including The Independent On Sunday's Lisa Markwell, Victoria Newton of The Sun On Sunday, Dawn Neesom at the Daily Star and Sarah Sands at the Evening Standard.