The Sunday Times appoints its first female editor since 1901

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Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times, is to be the next editor of The Sunday Times, according to reports.

BBC media editor Amol Rajan says that Tucker will be replacing Martin Ivens, who has edited the paper since January 2013.

Tucker joined the News UK-owned title as associate features editor of the Times in 2007 before taking over the editorship of Times2 a year later.

She later became editorial director before being appointed deputy editor of The Times in October 2013.

Tucker started her career as a graduate trainee at the Financial Times, eventually becoming editor of FT Weekend.

According to the most recent ABC circulation figures, for July 2019, The Sunday Times sold 649,908 copies (including 53,455 bulks) per edition, down 11 per cent year-on-year.

Tucker won't be the very first female editor of the Sunday Times - that honour went to Rachel Beer, the aunt of war poet Siegfried Sassoon, who held the post between 1893 and 1901.

We've approached News UK for formal confirmation of the appointment.