Cox: returning to The Sun stable
Former Daily Record editor Peter Cox is returning to News International as assistant editor of the Scottish Sun with a roving commission.
Following a year out of newspapers, after he was replaced at the Daily Record by Scottish Sun editor Bruce Waddell, Cox will join The Sun in midAugust.
Scottish Sun editor Rob Dalton told Press Gazette: “Peter is one of the industry’s best tabloid production journalists and will apply those skills and his talent for ideas generation in a roving role across the title – reporting directly to myself.
“I worked with Peter for several years on The Sun’s back bench, initially with Kelvin MacKenzie as editor, and I am looking forward to his vast experience helping us to further narrow the sales gap with the Daily Record.
“He will not be part of the stand-in editing rota, which continues to be headed by my deputy Paul McLaren.”
After departing from the Daily Record in May last year, Cox set up a media consultancy. On his new post, he said: “I spent 11 of the happiest years of my career on The Sun so it’s nice to be back amongst friends in an organisation which actually understands how to run great papers.
“I was called in to do some consultancy work for The Times when it went compact and that made me realise how much I missed the fray. I can’t wait to get going.”
Cox was made editor of the Daily Record in September 2000, after a period editing the Trinity Mirror title’s sister paper, the Sunday Mail.
In the ABC circulation figures for May this year, the Daily Record sold an average of 499,354 copies across the UK. No figure is available for the Scottish Sun in the national newspaper figures, but in the ABCs, Scottish actively purchased sale figures for May, the Daily Record sold 456,373 while the Scottish Sun was at 350,942.
Dalton has denied rumours in media circles in Glasgow that he would shortly be returning to The Sun in London.
“I don’t know where that one is coming from,” he told Press Gazette, “but I have just bought a flat in Glasgow which isn’t exactly the actions of someone who will be leaving the city in the near future.”
By Hamish Mackay