Victoria Newton to take over as new editor in chief of The Sun

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by David Prior

Victoria Newton is the new editor in chief of The Sun, with Tony Gallagher stepping down after four years to become deputy editor of The Times.

Newton started at The Sun over 20 years ago and has held a variety of roles including editor of Bizarre and Saturday editor. She has been editor of The Sun on Sunday since 2013.

Keith Poole, currently digital editor, is appointed deputy editor in chief of The Sun.

Gallagher will edit his final edition of The Sun tomorrow and each will start their new roles on Monday. He will deputise to John Witherow at the Times.

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.”

Newton, who will report to News UK CEO Rebekah Brooks, said: “It is such a privilege to be given the chance to edit The Sun at an incredibly exciting time in Britain. The People’s Paper has been such a huge part of my life. I feel humbled at the thought of helping build the newsroom of the future, to serve our readers across the globe. I can’t wait to get started!”