Now in charge

TC Me­dia an­nounces Wayne Thi­bodeau as The Guardian’s new man­ag­ing edi­tor

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Wayne Thi­bodeau, who has spent more than two decades in jour­nal­ism in news­rooms across Prince Ed­ward Is­land, has been named the new man­ag­ing edi­tor of The Guardian, TC Me­dia has an­nounced.

In ad­di­tion to tak­ing over the top ed­i­to­rial chair for the iconic Cana­dian masthead, Thi­bodeau will serve the wider role of re­gional edi­tor for Prince Ed­ward Is­land, which in­cludes re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Sum­mer­side-based Jour­nal-Pi­o­neer.

Thane Bur­nett, di­rec­tor of con­tent for TC Me­dia, says Thi­bodeau has a lengthy and rich his­tory in the in­dus­try. He was among the van­guard of jour­nal­ists fil­ing on all plat­forms, in­clud­ing TV, and started break­ing sto­ries for The Guardian as soon as he joined the news­room as chief po­lit­i­cal re­porter in 1998. He last served as news edi­tor for The Guardian.

“Wayne be­come a trusted news­room leader, who knows to doggedly pro­tect the in­tegrity of an im­por­tant Cana­dian newsprint legacy while shep­herd­ing our lo­cal jour­nal­ism so it can be shared on mo­bile de­vices a world away,” Bur­nett told staff in mak­ing the an­nounce­ment on Tues­day.

Thi­bodeau said he’s hon­oured to be tak­ing the lead role of such an im­por­tant in­sti­tu­tion, and con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion of ‘ cov­er­ing Prince Ed­ward Is­land like the dew.’

“We have an amaz­ing team of jour­nal­ists at The Guardian,” said Thi­bodeau. “I look for­ward to the fu­ture with ex­cite­ment. We will soon launch a new on­line and mo­bile plat­form that will con­tinue to po­si­tion The Guardian as the Is­land’s news leader.

“But that’s just the be­gin­ning. We have more ex­cit­ing changes com­ing, so stay tuned.”

Bur­nett said Thi­bodeau has the right tools and in­sight at the right time. His ap­point­ment is ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately. He re­places Gary MacDougall, who re­tired in June.

“The Guardian has an im­pres­sive his­tory of man­ag­ing ed­i­tors. I be­lieve Wayne will live up to that lin­eage, and read­ers and ad­ver­tis­ers will look to him not only to main­tain solid lo­cal jour­nal­ism, but also ex­pand and re­de­fine it.”

Wayne Thi­bodeau has a lengthy and rich his­tory in the news­pa­per in­dus­try.

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