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Editor of Iceland’s Oldest Daily Resigns

Ólafur Th. Stephensen, the editor of daily Morgunbladid, which has been published since 1913 and has, through the decades, enjoyed considerable trust by readers, resigned on Friday due to differences with the newspaper’s publishers.

The cover of Morgunbladid on September 21, 2009.

According to mbl.is, the editor and publishers had different views regarding Morgunbladid’s editorship and operation which surfaced during the newspaper’s reorganization. A new editor will be hired as soon as possible.

Among those who are rumored to take over as editor of Morgunbladid is former Prime Minister and Central Bank Governor Davíd Oddsson, visir.is reports.

Others who have been mentioned in that connection are Óskar Magnússon, the newspaper’s publisher, former Morgunbladid editors Thorsteinn Pálsson and Óli Björn Kárason, former Minister of Justice Björn Bjarnason, director of national broadcaster RÚV Páll Magnússon and Ásdís Halla Bragadóttir, who is on the board of the newspaper’s publishing house.

The Morgunbladid publishing house, Árvakur, was taken over by a group of investors led by Óskar Magnússon following severe operational difficulties earlier this year.

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