Former Icelandic Prime Minister and head of the Central Bank of Iceland David Oddsson has been hired as the new editor of Morgunbladid, the country’s most influential and widely bought newspaper. Former Vidskiptabladid editor Haraldur Johannessen will be co-editor and Sigurdur Mar Jonsson will take over at Vidskiptabladid, Iceland’s business and financial newspaper.
The news was revealed to Morgunbladid staff by publisher Oskar Magnusson at a meeting earlier today. Staff also learned today that the Sunday edition is to start being distributed along with Saturday’s paper.
Magnusson said in an interview with RUV afterwards that his staff took the news of their new editor well. He said he feels it is not dangerous to have such a controversial figure in the editor’s chair and does not see a widespread fall in the paper’s readership. David Oddsson has always been able to gain widespread attention with relative ease.
As a young man, Oddsson spent a short spell as a political commentator for Morgunbladid before beginning his long political career in earnest. Oddsson was forced out of the Central Bank by the new government early this year; but never intimated any intention to retire from public life.
Morgunbladid will continue to take a position on important issues, RUV reports. It is expected that Oddsson and Johannesson will begin their new jobs tomorrow. The power of editor will be equally divided between the two.