Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre to Step Down After 26 Years

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The controversial editor is set to become chairman of Associated Newspapers.

Paul Dacre is set to step down as editor of the Daily Mail, a role he has held since 1992. 

The news was confirmed Wednesday, with Dacre set to leave his post in November and become chairman and editor-in-chief of Associated Newspapers, which is owned by the Daily Mail's parent company DMGT. 

Dacre's 26-year reign at the Daily Mail is regarded as one of the most influential in U.K. media, with the paper looming large over British life and frequently pushing a hardline stance on issues such as immigration. The publication — and its hugely popular website — has regularly come under fire for unreliability and sensationalism.

In a statement, DMGT chairman Lord Rothermere described Dacre as the "greatest Fleet Street Editor of his generation," pointing to his "many campaigns, investigations and crusades that have held power to account, given a voice to the voiceless and often set the political agenda through six prime ministerships."