Press: A Power Shift Within the Kingdom

After 17 years, a changing of the guard at the New York Times

Every reporter at the New York Times, newspaper wags like to say, remembers two birthdays: his own and Abe Rosenthal's. Next May 2 the Times's powerful executive editor reaches the paper's mandatory retirement age of 65, and speculation about who will succeed him at the helm of the nation's most influential newspaper has been intense. Now, more than six months before Rosenthal must step down, the long-anticipated transition is at hand. On Nov. 1, the newspaper announced in its Sunday issue, Rosenthal will be replaced by Max Frankel, 56, editor of the Times's editorial page.

After 17 years of determining "all...

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