News International has confirmed the appointment of Dominic Mohan as the new editor of the Sun.
Mohan, currently deputy editor, will take up his new role on 2 September, replacing Rebekah Brooks (formerly Wade) who was announced as the new chief executive of News International in June.
In recent months, 40-year-old Mohan had increasingly become the public face of the Sun by attending public events and collecting awards on behalf of the paper.
Mohan was widely regarded as favourite to take the job when news broke two months ago that current Brooks was being promoted by Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of NI parent company, News Corporation.
But the fact that Mohan didn’t get the job immediately led to speculation that there may be some doubt in Murdoch’s mind over his appointment. Any doubt was dispelled this afternoon when he was unveiled as the new editor.
Mohan has worked on the Sun for 13 years after joining from the News of the World, where he was a reporter.
He started on the paper’s showbiz column, Bizarre, in 1996. He went on to edit Bizarre for five years, from 1998, before moving on to pen a weekly column as he rose through the ranks.
James Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corp in Europe and Asia, said: “Dominic has proved himself a very capable deputy to Rebekah, sharing her passion campaigning journalism on the issues that connect with the country.
“Under Rebekah’s leadership, The Sun has gone from strength to strength, cementing its position popular UK newspaper by taking share from rivals.
“I am very pleased to announce Dominic’s promotion and look forward to seeing him build on that success.”
In addition to the Sun, News International publishes The Times, The Sunday Times and News of the World.