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Peter Stothard, 41, will be the next editor of the Times. He is currently deputy editor of the newspaper and will take over from October, succeeding Simon Jenkins, 48, who disclosed two weeks ago that he intended to stand down. Mr Jenkins will continue to write for the paper, which he edited for 2 1/2 years. Mr Stothard was not the first choice. Rupert Murdoch, the owner, first approached Paul Dacre, editor of the London Evening Standard, who declined. Mr Dacre has since become editor of the Daily Mail.