By Dominic Ponsford
Sunday Telegraph deputy editor Matthew d’Ancona has been named as the new editor of The Spectator, stepping into the shoes of colourful Tory MP Boris Johnson.
The magazine’s chief executive Andrew Neil said: “Matthew is a friend and colleague whose work I have long admired. I am delighted he has accepted the editorship of The Spectator. He is already one of Great Britain’s foremost political commentators and I am in no doubt he will now become one of Britain’s foremost editors.
“He combines the requisite political gravitas and insight with the wit and originality that the post requires.
“The list of candidates was the strongest I have ever seen for an editorship; many were well qualified for the job. But we concluded that Matthew was the best qualified to build on the superb legacy of Boris Johnson.”
D’Ancona said: “I am honoured to have been appointed editor of The Spectator by Andrew, whom I have known and admired for many years. I have great ambitions for the title, and am fortunate to inherit from Boris Johnson a magazine that has never been more successful. I am looking forward to meeting the staff and working with them to take The Spectator to ever greater heights.
“Under my editorship, I want The Spectator to adapt its fine traditions as a source of superb writing, news exclusives and wit to a new and exciting political landscape. It will be modern, free-thinking and indispensable.”
D’Ancona will start later this month and continue to write a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph.