Spain's El Pais newspaper appoints new director

26th February 2014, Comments 0 comments

Spain's top-selling daily newspaper El Pais on Wednesday appointed a new director, a month after its main rival El Mundo ousted its top editor at a time of dwindling circulation and falling advertising.

Antonio Cano, El Pais's long-time Washington correspondent, will take over on May 4 from Javier Moreno, whose departure after eight years at the helm of the paper was announced last week, El Pais said in a statement.

Cano, a 56-year-old father of three, worked at Spanish news agency EFE before joining the centre-left newspaper in 1982.

He oversaw the launch of the American edition of El Pais, which emerged as Spain's leading newspaper in the late 1970's during the country's tumultuous transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco Franco.

Cano will be the fifth director at El Pais, part of heavily indebted Spanish media group Prisa, since it was founded in 1976.

El Mundo, Spain's second biggest selling daily, on January 30 dismissed its director Pedro J. Ramirez, under whose leadership the centre-right paper broke a series of political corruption stories.

El Mundo's owner, Unidad Editorial, said in a statement that the 61-year-old Ramirez, widely known in Spain as Pedro J., was leaving as part of a "new stage in the newspaper's editorial management".

Ramirez jointly founded El Mundo in 1989 and helped to build it into the second biggest-selling daily in Spain.

But the publisher said it was now seeking "to restore economic and financial stability" to the title, which like the Spanish media in general is suffering falling revenues.

© 2014 AFP

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