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The Sun hires Stephen Abell

The former director of the Press Complaints Commission has been hired as the managing editor of The Sun.

Having spent 10 years at the Press Complaints Commission, Abell, who was director of the body for two years, left in February 2012 to lead the crisis and issues management service at communications agency Pagefield.

He will now be filling the shoes of Richard Caseby at The Sun, whose departure was confirmed by News UK last week.

Using Abell’s well-known nickname Stig, editor of The Sun, David Dinsmore said of the appointment: “I know Stig will bring a tremendous amount of energy, talent and commitment to the title.

“Press regulations have never been a hotter topic and it is of huge benefit to have someone of Stig’s knowledge and experience on board as we chart a course through choppy waters.”

Abell added: “I am proud to be joining The Sun at this incredibly exciting time. You would have to have been living in a cave over the past few weeks not to notice The Sun, from the coverage of the royal birth to the launch of Sun+.

“As someone who cares deeply about good journalism – and the future of the newspaper industry – this is an opportunity I could not refuse. I can’t wait to get started.”

Source: the Guardian

12/08/13

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