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New The Times editor

Ray Bugeja (left) and Victor Aquilina

Ray Bugeja (left) and Victor Aquilina

Ray Bugeja has been appointed editor of The Times with effect from today following Victor Aquilina's retirement from the post.

Mr Aquilina, who joined The Times as a reporter in 1964, had been editor of The Times for 10 years. He is staying on as editorial adviser.

Joining The Times in 1964, Mr Aquilina also served as features editor and deputy editor. He has been a leader writer since 1971. Mr Aquilina has also been Malta correspondent for the Associated Press.

Mr Bugeja, 46, started his journalism career as a reporter in 1973 with Il-Hajja.

He joined The Times in 1980 and served as deputy editor between 1987 and 1990 when he was appointed editor. He joined Standard Publications in 1993 as editor of The Independent on Sunday and rejoined The Times in 1998 as assistant editor, editing the newspaper's business section.

Mr Bugeja is married to Marica née Coster. They have two sons, Kurt, 14, and Julian, 8.

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