Waiting for Rupert: Who will be the next editor of ‘The Wall Street Journal’?

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Now that it's unofficially official that Robert Thomson is a shoo-in for the chief executive role at News Corp's soon-to-be spun-off publishing company, the guessing game of who will replace him as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, the top editorial slot at the paper, has begun.

The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone has a short list of the potential candidates, the most likely two, according to his sources, being deputy editor Gerard Baker and deputy managing editor and executive online editor Alan Murray.

But there are some other contenders being floated as well: Page One editor Rebecca Blumenstein; deputy managing editor Michael Miller; deputy managing editor and international/investing editor Matt Murray; and Wall Street Journal Asia editor-in-chief Almar Latour.

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Of course Rupert Murdoch could always go for a wild card, too; he's done it before.

Calderone writes:

While considered longshots, staffers say that if management wanted to tap distinguished Journal alumni, they could reach out to CNBC senior vice president and editor-in-chief Nik Deogun or New York Times business editor Larry Ingrassia. And if Murdoch chose to pull from his empire across the pond, some expect he'd look at London Times editor James Harding or former Telegraph editor-in-chief and News Corp. executive Will Lewis.

As The Journal reported last week, Murdoch is expected to name the new management team before the end of the year.

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