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Times reorganises news desk

Reshuffle follows news of 60 departures.

The Times has announced changes to its newsroom after 20 compulsory redundancies and 40 voluntary departures from the paper.

The foreign desk has been reshuffled significantly. Deputy political editor Francis Elliott will become Delhi correspondent after the exit of India correspondent Jeremy Page, while energy editor Robin Pagnamenta, will be replacing Rhys Blakely as Mumbai correspondent. Blakely will become LA correspondent.

The paper's Asia business correspondent Leo Lewis will take over in Beijing from Jane McCartney - who has come back to the foreign desk in London - as China correspondent.

New York correspondent James Bone will move to Rome to replace Richard Owen - who quit recently - and features writer Will Pavia will take Bone's place.

Mike Smith has been appointed deputy home editor.

Promotions are in line for deputy travel editor Jane Knight, who will become travel editor, replacing Kathleen Wyatt, and Suzy Jagger who will move up from politics and business reporter to foreign news editor.

New appointments have also been made in the previously axed Times2 supplement, which is set to return. Tom Whipple and trainee Kaya Burgess will be feature writers for the supplement.