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Kelvin MacKenzie quits The Sun by ‘mutual consent’ in wake of suspension

Kelvin MacKenzie quits The Sun by ‘mutual consent’ in wake of suspension

Veteran columnist and editor Kelvin MacKenzie has ended his professional relationship with the Sun after being suspended for penning a column in which he likened footballer Ross Barkley to a gorilla.

News UK, publisher of The Sun, confirmed that MacKenzie would cease to publish his weekly column in the wake of his suspension, ending a long association with the title which saw Mackenzie serving as editor between 1981 and 1994.

In a statement the publisher confirmed: “Further to our statement on 15 April that Kelvin MacKenzie’s services as a columnist for the Sun were suspended, we can confirm that Mr MacKenzie’s column will not return to the Sun and his contract with News Group Newspapers has been terminated by mutual consent.”

News UK also took the opportunity to divest itself of all financial ties, transferring its shareholding of his financial consultancy, A Spokesman Said, to MacKenzie and ending the businesses lease of office space within News UK’s London Bridge base.

MacKenzie commented: “I refuse to allow this latest controversy to cast a shadow over the decades of great times I have had with the Sun. There are plenty of opportunities out there and I agree with Winston Churchill, who said: ‘Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.’”

MacKenzie is a longstanding protégé of proprietor Rupert Murdoch but appears to have been eased out as part of a larger changing of the guard to clear the way for 21st Century Fox’s takeover of satellite broadcaster Sky.

Merseyside Police are continuing to investigate the article, since removed, to ascertain whether a crime has been committed.

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