A.G. Sulzberger, expected eventually to take over for his father Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. as publisher of The New York Times, is closer to that future with an announcement from Arthur Ochs Sulzberger yesterday that places the editorial page of the Times under A.G. Sulzberger’s control, with editorial page editor James Bennet reporting to him. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. had previously been responsible for the section.
This is the second promotion in less than a year’s time for the younger Sulzberger, who was appointed by committee as deputy publisher in October 2016, setting him up as his father’s probable successor.
“As he did in the newsroom, I expect A.G. to safeguard Times values and standards even as he presses for new voices and new forms of opinion journalism that will help us deepen relationships with our loyal readers and form relationships with new readers,” wrote Sulzberger in a memo to staff. “Doing this work means asking hard questions about the old ways of doing things and taking some risks with new ways. This is a big challenge for A.G., James, and the rest of the Opinion team, and success is key to maintaining the leadership of The Times. I am very excited to see what you all do together.”
The opinion section has been a controversial place of late, with the hire and debut column from columnist Bret Stephens setting off a wave of criticism and subscription cancellations.