1 March 2012 - 4:43pm | posted by | 0 comments

After success at the Standard, Geordie Greig takes over at Mail on Sunday

Geordie Greig: new editor at the MoSGeordie Greig: new editor at the MoS

The Mail on Sunday is to have a new editor. After three successful years at the Evening Standard, Geordie Greig is taking the helm at the Associated Newspapers title.

Peter Wright, editor of the MoS for 14 years, is to become editor emeritus in charge of ethics and standards across Associated.

The MoS got a sales bump with the closure of the News of the World but less so than other tittles. Sales were last month reported to be back over 2 million.

Editor in chief of Associated Paul Dacre said: "I'm delighted to welcome Geordie Greig from the Standard which he has edited with such élan. With his rich and diverse newspaper and magazine experience, I believe he will be a great success on the Mail on Sunday."

Dacre also spoke of Peter Wright's huge contribution to The MoS –" a paper he has edited with selflessness and huge journalistic skill over a period of great change.

"It is to the considerable benefit of Associated that he has decided to take on this important and challenging new role."

Greig became editor of the Evening Standard three years ago, following the purchase of a 75 per cent state in it by Alexander Lebedev. He is understood to be a shareholder himself. Before that he was editor of the society magazine Tatler.

Lord Rothermere, Chairman of DMGT, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Geordie Greig who has made such a success of the Standard and I believe will bring great strengths to The Mail on Sunday and its magazines, You and Live.”

“I’d also like to express my gratitude to Peter for his distinguished and tireless editorship over so many years and to say how pleased I am that my company is retaining his wisdom and shrewdness.”

Sarah Sands - a former editor of the Sunday Telegraph - has been appointed acting editor of the Standard from April 1.

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