Daily Sport editor quits ahead of relaunch

The editor of the Daily Sport has quit the paper after 16 years with the paper ahead of a relaunch of the Daily and Sunday Sport on Monday.

Dave Beevers, who has been editor for the past eight years, will take voluntary redundancy in the coming weeks.

Beevers confirmed to Press Gazette today that he was ‘moving on to do other things’and denied there had been a fallout with the paper’s new owner.

The Sport will relaunch on Monday following a £60m reverse takeover of Sport Newspapers by Interactive World and the formation of a new company, Sport Media Group, which remains based in Manchester.

Beevers said: ‘It’s just a good time to take the opportunity to these things that I wanted to do for a while.”

He said he had several projects lined up, some journalistic, but would not would not say what.

His departure comes five months after Sunday Sport editor Paul Carter resigned after 11 years on both titles.

In November, Sport Media Group executive director Andrew Fickling brought in Loaded founder James Brown and in January Barry McIlheney, who founded Zoo in 2004, joined as editor-in-chief across both the daily and Sunday titles.

The Sport relaunches on Monday as a ‘newszine’with toned-down adult content in a bid to attract more mainstream advertisers, and build its traditional male 18-45 age readership.

Of the relaunch, McIlheney said: ‘The Sport is the best kept secret in daily publishing – it is completely unique. It fulfils a very clear consumer need, not currently being met elsewhere. It is unashamedly for ‘the boys.”

Sport Media Group executive director Andrew Fickling had not returned calls by the time of publication.

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