The Washington Times announced Tuesday that Arnaud de Borchgrave, a former chief foreign correspondent and senior editor at Newsweek magazine, will succeed Smith Hempstone as its editor in chief. Hempstone will become associate editor of the 3-year-old, politically conservative daily newspaper. The announcement was made by Bo Hi Pak, president of News World Communications Inc., the New York-based company closely associated with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church.
In a meeting in the Times newsroom, the newspaper also announced that Managing Editor Woody West will become executive editor and Deputy Managing Editor Wesley Pruden will move up to managing editor. Hempstone was not present when the announcement was made to the staff.
Frank A. Blethen has been named publisher and chief executive of the Seattle Times, a newspaper that has been controlled by the Blethen family since 1896, the paper announced. Blethen succeeds W.J. Pennington, who died in a boating accident last week.
H. Mason Sizemore, the newspaper's general manager, will succeed Blethen as president of the company.
Charles Tharp has resigned as executive director of the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which insures the defined benefit pension plans of 38 million Americans.