The Week: People News - Kelner poised for bigger role

Simon Kelner, the managing director and editor-in-chief of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, is set to land a senior executive role under the newspapers' potential new Russian owners, according to sources close to the deal.

Independent News & Media, the publisher of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, is currently thrashing out contractual details with Alexander Lebedev's team as it looks to seal a deal for the sale of the newspapers. Reports suggest that should the deal go ahead, Rod Liddle, the former editor of Radio 4's Today programme and a columnist for The Sunday Times, will be installed as the new editor of The Independent.

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