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LONDON – Rupert Murdoch‘s new look publishing empire will include a fresh editor for the media mogul’s market-leading British tabloid The Sun as Friday saw Dominic Mohan leave after four years in charge.
Mohan is not leaving Murdoch’s empire altogether though as he exits to take up an “advisory role” with the chief executive of the new News Corp, currently taking shape after Murdoch announced plans to split his TV and film assets without the drag of his cherished but more challenged newspaper businesses.
Mohan will be tasked with exploring opportunities for the company across Europe from a base in London, a News International statement said.
Mohan, who joined The Sun 17 years ago, oversaw the move to a seven-day operation for the paper with the launch of The Sun On Sunday in February, 2012.
That move followed the closure of News International’s famous Sunday tabloid News Of The World in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that engulfed Murdoch’s newspaper operations here.
On Mohan’s watch several Sun journalists have been arrested under Operation Elveden, an investigation, mounted by the Metropolitan police force, into inappropriate payments to public officials in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.
The announcement of Mohan’s departure came as two more Sun journalists – Jamie Pyatt, 49, and John Edwards, 49 – were charged with buying information including details about Broadmoor patients and the work of a member of the Royal family.
The alleged offences involved unknown public officials between 2002 and 2011, the Metropolitan Police said.
Mohan will be replaced starting Monday by David Dinsmore, who currently is director of operations at News International.
Dinsmore, a 44-year-old from Glasgow, worked his first shift on The Sun at the age of 22 and became editor of the Scottish edition in 2006.
He said: “There is no better job in journalism than editing Britain’s most popular paper.”
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