Times Change

Changes at The Times today, among both editors and board members. Bill Keller has announced that Richard Berke will be taking over as the paper’s national editor, and current national editor Suzanne Daley will become a European correspondent.

From the announcement memo:

“I’ve long subscribed to the principle, if it ain’t broke, fix it anyway,” Mr. Keller wrote. “Sometimes the best way to keep people fresh and excited is to move them when they’re at the top of their game.”

Keller cited Berke’s political expertise as an asset in times of “political upheaval,” reports Media Decoder.

Meanwhile, on the corporate side, two New York Times Company board members have announced they’re stepping down.

Media Decoder says:

In 2008, the company accepted the nomination of two directors named by the investment group, led by Harbinger Capital Partners, to avoid a proxy fight. The two, Scott Galloway, seen as the leading strategist of the bid to shake up the company, and James A. Kohlberg, became the first Times Company board members ever nominated by outsiders.

Mr. Galloway will not seek re-election by shareholders in April, and the board will shrink to 13 people, from 14, the company said. Mr. Kohlberg will seek re-election.

Daniel Cohen, a member of the Sulzberger clan, is also stepping down. Carolyn D. Greenspon, a great-great-granddaughter of Adolph S. Ochs, has been nominated to replace him.

Times Change