The News of the World has appointed current features editor Matt Nixson as news editor.
Nixson will now report to Ian Edmondson, assistant editor (news).
NoW managing editor Stuart Kuttner said: "Matt is an inordinately resourceful and he's a tenacious journalist. He demonstrated the ability to think widely and constructively in his features role, and to see many enterprises through from conception into the paper. Like the editor, Andy Coulson, Matt saw the newsdesk role as his next challenge and was delighted to seize it."
He added that Nixson was "a young man of significant talent and would fulfil the demands of the newsdesk with style and credit".
Kuttner said that previous news editor, James Weatherup, indicated some months back that, having had desk experience, he preferred a senior reporting role. Before joining the NoW in January 2005, Nixson worked as a reporter on The Mail on Sunday.