Times sacks production editor

The Times has terminated the contract of Dennis Rink, the production editor of its business section.

Rink's abrupt departure from the paper sent jitters to Times' employees. Rumours are afloat about a staff cull shortly.

However, the paper has announced a large number of appointments.

The Times also made nine other staff changes. Liz Gerard will replace Rink, and arts editor Tim Teeman will become the US correspondent in New York. Robert Lea of the London Evening Standard will join the paper as the industrial editor.