Pair of senior appointments at The Independent as shake-up of foreign desk continues

The Independent's foreign editor Jon Bowd has been made news editor at the paper.

Jersusalem correspondent and former foreign editor Alistair Dawber has been brought back into his old job as Bowd’s replacement.

Editor Amol Rajan announced the appointments yesterday in an email to staff at the paper. He said that both will take up their new roles in the coming weeks, working across all three titles and independent.co.uk.

“It’s terrific to have both in place as we take the papers and website forward, and I wish them all the best in these new roles,” wrote Rajan.

Dawber was foreign editor from January 2012 until January this year, when he took up his posting in Jerusalem. Bowd had been an assistant editor at the paper for nine years before succeeding Dawber.

The promotions come as The Independent foreign desk is set to be hit  by a series of job cuts. A number of senior reporters are expected to be among the 27 journalists facing redundancy.

Those set to leave the paper include Africa correspondent Daniel Howden and Paris correspondent John Lichfield, who had already been due to retire next year. Columnist Mary Dejevsky, a Russia, EU and US expert is also expected to depart.

Yesterday, managing editor Doug Wills told Press Gazette that the paper was still hopeful that not all the 27 redundancies would be compulsory.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Journalist has launched a strike ballot among members at The Independent, with the result expected later this week.

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