Times managing editor George Brock is taking over the paper’s Saturday edition. He succeeds Michael Gove, who is to spend more time on his political work as prospective Conservative Party candidate for Surrey Heath.
According to the paper, Brock “will work closely with Gove in the coming months to further develop the edition”. Gove will continue to be assistant editor and contribute as a columnist.
Brock, 52, takes over the Saturday edition a year after it was relaunched with three new sections: Body and Soul, The Eye and Weekend Review. He joined the paper in 1981 and has been managing editor since 1997, having previously been its foreign editor and European editor.
Property editor Anne Spackman takes over as managing editor. She joined The Times in 2002 to launch the supplement Bricks and Mortar.
Prior to that she was property writer at the Financial Times for six years.