Andy Silvester has been appointed as the new head of public relations for The Sun, and has said he will also write “the odd leader” for the Rupert Murdoch-owned title.
Silvester is the former deputy director of policy at the Institute of Directors and replaces Dylan Sharpe, who left to become a special advisor to Tory cabinet minister Damian Green MP last month.
Silvester said in a tweet today: “Err, yes, news: After two ace years at
@IoD_Press, I’m off to @TheSun as Head of PR & penning the odd leader. V. much looking forward to it.”
He told Press Gazette: “Having worked across the business and political worlds for a few years, I’ve always admired The Sun from afar and I can’t wait to hit the ground running.”
Leader columns are the voice of a newspaper, enabling it to comment and take an editorial stance on news events.
Sharpe joined The Sun in April 2014, having previously worked as a campaign director at organisations Business for Britain and Big Brother Watch as well as head of media at The Countryside Alliance.
Silvester begins his new role next month.
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