The Times has made some major shakeups over at the foreign desk. We already reported on John Burns‘ return to the States. Meanwhile: Ethan Bronner is being made Jerusalem bureau chief. Replacements are being auditioned for his old position of deputy foreign editor. Barry Bearack and Celia Dugger are now covering South Africa. Bearack was previously at the Times Magazine and Dugger reported on the global poverty beat. Steve Erlanger is the new Paris bureau chief. He was working from Israel previously. Elaine Sciolino “will take up terrorism and nuclear proliferation as her full-time beat.” Craig Smith will move to Tokyo in summer 2008. Ed Wong is undergoing Chinese language training in preperation for a move from Iraq to Beijing. Olympics coverage, anyone? Hassan Fattah is leaving the Times Mid-East team to become managing editor of a new English-language pan-Arab daily. Bobby Worth will replace towards the end of 2007; Thanassis Cambanis is filling in temporarily.
Memos can be found at the Observer.