You may have recovered by now from the news that Alan Rusbridger is stepping down after 20 years as editor of the Guardian.
You may be wondering how his successor will be chosen. At a time when the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and many other ensembles are contemplating the same critical decision, here’s now the next editor will be chosen.
So here’s how:
Liz Forgan, the chair of the Scott Trust, which is the ultimate owner of the titles, has outlined the procedure for choosing the successor to Alan Rusbridger – including an indicative ballot which would guarantee the winner a place on the shortlist for the job.
Get that? The journalists are allowed to vote on the next editor, but their decision won’t count.
‘The Scott Trust retains the right to choose a candidate irrespective of the result of that vote,’ Forgan said.
So, the musicians choose a new conductor, but the board overrule them. That’s 21st century enlightenment for you.