Here's hoping that this particular James Ledbetter, related to me only by awesome family name, would bring some conservative voices to ThompsonReuters' new op-ed service.
Change is afoot in the Thomson Reuters Digital space, and we couldn’t be more excited. With the aim of making Reuters.com a showcase for all of our Editorial assets as well as the go-to site for international news and opinion, I am pleased to announce some key appointments that will pave the way.
James Ledbetter, who has been editor-in-charge of Reuters.com since October 2010, will become the company’s inaugural op-ed editor. In this role, Jim will create a stable of top thought leaders from around the world who will weigh in on news stories in a timely fashion on various Thomson Reuters platforms, creating a formidable one-two punch with Reuters Breakingviews. He will report directly to me.
Throughout 2011, Jim’s online team has produced multiple traffic records for Reuters.com. In addition, the site now routinely carries live, streaming video of Newsmaker events and has won wide praise for live blogs on the big stories. Prior to joining Reuters, Jim was the editor of The Big Money and deputy managing editor for CNN Money. Katharine Herrup, who has been editing opinion pieces for Reuters.com since last year, will report to Jim.