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Forbes Re-Launches Opinion Channel With 16 New Columnists announced today that they have hired Tunku Varadarajan as the new Opinions Channel Editor. Varadarajan most recently served as a contributing editor at the Financial Times, prior to that, he was Assistant Managing Editor at The Wall Street Journal.

As part of his new role Varadarajan was responsible for today’s relaunch of Opinion Channel, which has been restructured to include four main topic categories: Business and Economics, Foreign Affairs and Defense, Culture and Society, and Politics. Sixteen new columnists have also been added. The full press release and a list of the new columnists after the jump.

NEW YORK, NY (September 16, 2008) — (, home page for the world’s business leaders, today announced that Tunku Varadarajan has joined the Company as Opinions Channel Editor, reporting to Managing Editor Carl Lavin. As his first order of business, Varadarajan unveiled today a re-launch of the Opinions Channel (, which has been expanded with the addition of several new columns.

Under Varadarajan, the Opinions Channel has been restructured to include four main topic categories: Business and Economics, Foreign Affairs and Defense, Culture and Society, and Politics. Sixteen new columnists, chosen for their expertise in a particular field as well as their provocative ideas, will be writing weekly columns for the channel, starting today.

Among the sixteen are Reihan Salam, acclaimed author at the forefront of a new breed of twenty-something Conservatives, who will write about life after Bush in “Grand New Party” on Mondays; Brian Wesbury and Bob Stein, two counter-intuitive economists, who will look at the U.S. economy in “Money”; and Richard Epstein, law professor at the University of Chicago and fellow of the Hoover Institution, will express himself in “The Libertarian” on Tuesdays; Thomas Cooley, Dean of the Stern Business School at NYU, who will offer weekly economic insight in “Capital”; and Dan Gerstein, a former speechwriter in Washington, who will address politics from a Democratic Perspective in “Dangerous Thoughts” on Wednesdays; Nouriel Roubini, economist from the Stern Business School at NYU, who will tell us why he thinks the economy is going downhill and what we can do to stop it in “Doctor Doom”; Claudia Rosett, who has uncovered corruption in the United Nations, will write about foreign affairs in “Freedom’s Edge”; and the U.K.’s amusing Quentin Letts will offer a quirky take on Her Majesty’s realm in “Blighty”, on Thursdays; and Peter Robinson, a former Reagan White House speechwriter and now a fellow at the Hoover Institution, will pen the Republican “Man Friday” column.

In addition to these new columns, the Opinions Channel will run book reviews every Monday and Thursday on subjects ranging from the political economy to the latest fiction; as well as daily essays and commentaries by high profile contributors. And every Tuesday, starting today, the channel will feature a public figure offering his or her five favorites in a particular category. Editor Paul Maidment’s weekly video “Notes on the News” about international politics and business, as well as Forbes magazine Publisher Rich Karlgaards’s daily blog “Digital Rules” about technology, entrepreneurship, regional economic development and the future of business will continue to run, with the introduction of Karlgaard’s new video blog “Talk Back” discussing the business world.

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