Viner to lead Guardian as first female EIC

Katharine Viner has been confirmed as the next editor-in-chief of the Guardian, making her the first woman to lead the 194-year-old newspaper. Currently the deputy editor there as well as the editor-in-chief of Guardian US, Viner succeeds Alan Rusbridger, who will pass Viner the torch this summer after 20 years at the helm. Viner's appointment comes after also winning the support of colleagues in an internal ballot held earlier this month.

"Overwhelmed by so many generous messages about my appointment as next editor-in-chief of the Guardian. Thank you! I'm honoured & thrilled," she tweets.

"Delighted the brilliant Kath Viner to be 12th Editor of the Guardian in 194 yrs.Only instruction: 'Carry on as heretofore'," Rusbridger announces, later adding, "Off to toast appointment of new Guardian editor. Last such toast was 20 years ago..."

"Sincere congratulations to new @Guardian editor in chief, @KathViner. Best paper in the world deserves a great editor and it got one," tweets Janine Gibson, who was also in the running for the job.

"It's phenomenal the Guardian had such talent to choose from: @KathViner, @janinegibson, @wblau on staff + vets @emilybell, @iankatz1000," observes Jeff Jarvis.

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