Asharq Alawsat, the world’s largest, pan-Arab newspaper announces that Adel Al Toraifi has been named to succeed Tariq Alhomayed as Editor-in-Chief. Alhomayed took over the reins in 2004. Where he’s going now is not stated beyond that he’ll continue writing columns for the paper. This does seem to be past practice as Abdul Rahman Al Rashed continues to write in addition to his role at Al Arabiya TV, another Saudi media giant.
I’ve generally liked Al Toraifi’s writing. He’s concise and avoids the vague vocabulary and circumlocutions that seem a hallmark of Arab journalism.
London, Asharq Al-Awsat- Adel Al Toraifi has been appointed Editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat, the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper. He replaces Tariq Alhomayed, who will continue as a columnist for the paper.
The new appointment was announced by Prince Faisal bin Salman, chairman of Saudi Research & Marketing Group. The appointment has been approved by SRMG’s board of directors and the Saudi Research & Publishing Company’s board of trustees.
Al Toraifi will take charge as new editor in chief on Jan. 1, 2013.
Prince Salman chaired a meeting of Asharq Al-Awsat’s editorial staff at its headquarters in London and commended the progress achieved by the daily. Asharq Al-Awsat is distinguished for its professionalism, credibility and moderation, the chairman said.
He thanked Alhomayed and previous editors for their contributions to the paper’s success. “I am happy to say that Asharq Al-Awsat has become the newspaper of all Arabs.” He welcomed Alhomayed as a daily columnist of the paper and adviser to the board chairman.
Al Toraifi has obtained a doctorate degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 2012. He got his master’s degree in political science in 2007 and another master’s degree in economy and international politics from the University of London. He has received British Chevening Scholarship and the best research award on international conflicts from the University of London in 2008.
Al Toraifi has over 10 years experience in journalism.
UPDATE: Here’s Tariq Alhomayed’s farewell to readers: