The Sun and The Times announces new leadership.
Commencing in their new roles on Monday 10 February are the following:
- Tony Gallagher steps down as editor in chief of The Sun and is appointed deputy editor of The Times
- Victoria Newton steps down as editor of The Sun on Sunday and is appointed editor in chief of The Sun
- Keith Poole steps down as digital editor of The Sun and is appointed deputy editor in chief of The Sun
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman, News Corp said: “As editor of The Sun, Tony Gallagher has expertly steered the paper through two elections and the many dimensions of Brexit, ensuring that the news is always engaging and relevant for our readers. He is a newsman to his core and has edited with conviction, skill and energy. His experience across Fleet St titles will be an asset to The Times.
“Victoria Newton has given Britain’s top-selling Sunday newspaper The Sun on Sunday its own identity, striving to connect communities and bringing both insight and entertainment to readers each weekend. Victoria cares about Sun readers lives and her campaigning spirit has won her much praise.
“As a newspaperman and digital expert, Keith Poole has a natural sense of what stories our readers are interested in and he has driven The Sun Online to be the number one commercial news site in the UK. They will make a fantastic duo at the helm of The Sun as we continue to serve our current readers and to reach new audiences digitally.”
Rebekah Brooks, CEO, News UK said: “I would like to thank Tony for his time as editor in chief of The Sun. Over the last four years, Tony has shown commitment and passion, editing through an exceptional news agenda and the paper’s 50th anniversary. He joins John Witherow on The Times where they will make a formidable team.
“Over close to two decades at The Sun, Victoria has shown her expertise in crafting newspapers that are bold and exciting and delivering scoops that set the news agenda. She has a brilliant record of exposing injustices and campaigning with compassion.
“Keith is a driven journalist and has expertly built The Sun Online, upholding standards and maintaining the unique voice of The Sun while driving our content to new audiences. I wish them both the best of success in these well-deserved roles.”