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Who are the UK national newspaper editors? Full list for 2023

New editors have been appointed at the Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Independent and the Sunday Express in the past 12 months.

Most recently, former GQ editor of 22 years Dylan Jones was named editor-in-chief of the Evening Standard.

Before that, Sunday Times deputy editor Ben Taylor was promoted to editor following the news that Emma Tucker was leaving to lead the Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile The Independent appointed Geordie Greig, formerly editor of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Evening Standard, and Tony Gallagher took over at The Times from John Witherow, who was editor for almost a decade.

That shake-up came just a month after the Sunday Express gained a new editor in David Wooding, less than a year since both Mail titles gained new editors.

Press Gazette has put together a round-up of the UK’s national newspaper editors as they stand (in no particular order). We will keep this list updated.

UK national newspaper editors

The Times

Tony Gallagher was appointed editor of The Times on 28 September 2022 following the resignation of John Witherow the day before.

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Gallagher was promoted from deputy editor, and had already been acting as caretaker editor for several months while Witherow was on medical leave.

Gallagher joined The Times in February 2020 from fellow News UK title The Sun where he was editor for five years. He has also previously edited The Daily Telegraph between 2009 and 2014.

Times editor Tony Gallagher: UK national newspaper editors
Times editor Tony Gallagher. Picture: News UK
The Sunday Times

Ben Taylor was named editor of The Sunday Times on 19 January 2023, stepping up from deputy editor after news Emma Tucker would be leaving to lead The Wall Street Journal from 1 February.

Taylor was previously executive editor of the Daily Mail, where he worked for 22 years, before joining The Sunday Times as deputy editor in 2020.

Sunday Times editor Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor. Picture: News UK
Daily Mail

Ted Verity has edited the Daily Mail since November 2021, having previously been at the helm of the Mail on Sunday since 2018 and deputy at the daily paper before that.

He is editor-in-chief of Mail Newspapers, meaning he has overall responsibility for the Mail brands in a seven-day operation.

Mail on Sunday

Following Verity’s promotion, David Dillon was appointed to be Mail on Sunday editor in December 2021. He was previously Verity’s deputy.

Dillon first joined the Mail on Sunday from the Daily Express in 2001, working as news editor for a number of years before being promoted to executive editor.

The Sun and The Sun on Sunday

Victoria Newton has been editor-in-chief of The Sun since February 2020. She had been editor at The Sun on Sunday since 2013 but took over from Gallagher when he left The Sun for The Times.

Newton has maintained responsibility for the Sunday title in her editor-in-chief role.

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Victoria Newton. Picture: News UK
Daily Mirror

Alison Phillips is editor-in-chief of the Mirror titles and editor of the Daily Mirror.

Phillips has edited the Daily Mirror since March 2018 and became editor-in-chief of that plus the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People in February 2020 with their move to a seven-day operation.

Before leading the Mirror, Phillips edited Trinity Mirror’s failed national newspaper launch of The New Day in 2016 and was then deputy editor-in-chief of the three Mirror titles.

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Daily Mirror editor Alison Phillips. Picture: Reach
Sunday Mirror/Sunday People

Under the leadership of Phillips, Gemma Aldridge has edited the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People since March 2021.

She is also a deputy editor of the daily title and her previous roles included features editor and assistant editor of the two Sunday titles.

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Sunday Mirror and Sunday People editor Gemma Aldridge. Picture: Reach
The Daily Telegraph

Chris Evans has been editor of The Telegraph since January 2014 after the sacking of Tony Gallagher. He has been with The Telegraph since 2007, with previous roles including news editor and head of news, after joining from the Daily Mail where he spent 11 years.

The Sunday Telegraph

Although Evans has ultimate editorial responsibility at The Telegraph, Allister Heath has edited The Sunday Telegraph since 2017, having previously been Telegraph deputy editor.

Sunday Telegraph editor Allister Heath. Picture: Telegraph
Daily Express

Gary Jones has led the Daily Express since March 2018 following Mirror owner Reach’s takeover of the paper. He had previously edited the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.

Unusually for the Express Jones supports Labour and voted for Remain in the 2016 Brexit referendum. But he has spoken of how he made it his mission to turn the Express into a more positive force for good and less offensive, saying it had “come a long way” in his first three years as editor.

Daily Express editor Gary Jones. Picture: Reach
Sunday Express

In August 2022 David Wooding left The Sun on Sunday where he was political editor to become editor of the Sunday Express. He had spent 25 years as a political journalist.

He succeeded Mick Booker, who left at the end of 2021 to become editorial director at GB News.

The Guardian

Katharine Viner has been editor-in-chief at The Guardian since 2015, when she was voted by staff to take over from Alan Rusbridger. She was previously editor-in-chief at The Guardian’s US edition.

Kath Viner
Kath Viner. Picture: Society of Editors
The Observer

Under Viner’s leadership, Paul Webster edits The Observer. Viner appointed him to the role in 2018, after 20 years as deputy at the Sunday paper.

Observer editor Paul Webster. Picture: Antonio Olmos/The Observer

Oly Duff has been editor-in-chief of the i since June 2013, when he became the UK’s youngest national newspaper editor aged 29 – a title he maintains today.

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i editor Oly Duff
Financial Times

Roula Khalaf has edited The Financial Times since January 2020, when she succeeded Lionel Barber who spent 14 years as editor.

Khalaf had been Barber’s deputy since 2016 and her previous roles at the FT included foreign editor and Middle East editor. She first joined the business newspaper in 1995.

Daily Star

Jon Clark has been seven-day editor-in-chief at the Daily Star since March 2018 after the paper was bought by Reach (then Trinity Mirror). He was previously associate editor at the Daily Mirror from 2013.

Daily Star on Sunday

Under Clark’s leadership, Denis Mann edits the Daily Star on Sunday and is a deputy on the daily. He has similarly held the role since March 2018.

The Independent

Geordie Greig was appointed as editor-in-chief of the digital-only The Independent in January 2023, just over a year after being ousted from editing the Daily Mail. He has previously edited the Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard and Tatler.

He took over at The Independent from David Marley, who had been acting editor since October 2020 when Christian Broughton was promoted to managing director.

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Geordie Greig. Picture: Daily Mail

Free newspaper editors


Deborah Arthurs is editor-in-chief of Metro in print and online, having taken the lead on a new combined operation in March 2023.

She had been editor of from 2014 and a “gentle refresh” of the brand aligning print and online marked the beginning of her tenure as overall editor.

Arthurs has taken over from Ted Young, who had been editing the print newspaper for eight years.

Metro editor Deborah Arthurs
Deborah Arthurs, editor of Metro. Picture: Natasha Pszenicki
Evening Standard

Former GQ editor of 22 years Dylan Jones has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Evening Standard following a brief period as editorial consultant.

Jones will begin in the new role on Monday 5 June. He is the news outlet’s first permanent editor in more than 18 months.

Before him, Jack Lefley was acting editor from July 2022 and Charlotte Ross had previously been acting editor from October 2021.

The last full-time editors were Emily Sheffield, who left in October 2021 after 15 months, and former chancellor George Osborne, who was in post between May 2017 and July 2020.

Dylan Jones has been named editor of the Evening Standard. Picture: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett
British GQ Editor Dylan Jones. Picture: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett
City AM

London business newspaper has been edited by Andy Silvester since late 2020 when former editor Christian May left the title after five years.

Silvester had been deputy since August 2019 and was formerly a Sun PR and leader writer for two years. He also has experience heading up campaigns at the Taxpayers’ Alliance and the Institute of Directors.

City AM editor Andy Silvester in the office
City AM editor Andy Silvester in the office. Picture: City AM

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