Emap's Jane Johnson joins News of the World

The launch editor of Closer, Jane Johnson, has been announced as the new deputy editor of the News of the World.

The move is a return for Johnson to her tabloid roots. She was previously women’s editor at the Daily Mirror in the late 90s and returned to an executive editor role at the Sunday Mirror before the move to Emap.

She leaves Emap after five years in which she launched one of its most successful titles, the real life plus celebrity hybrid, Closer.

Most recently she has been drafted in to oversee the development of the company’s latest women’s weekly, First and taken a editorial director role across the two titles.

Johnson will take on the role of deputy editor and editorial director at The News of the World.

Neil Wallis, the current deputy editor at the News of the World will become executive editor.

He will oversee and have responsibility for all aspects of editorial management operations.

Managing editor Stuart Kuttner, and his deputy Paul Nicholas, will report directly to him.

Emap said it was looking for a new editor at First.

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