Shake-up at Sunday Times

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After the General Election, The Sunday Times will have a major reshuffle which sees the Insight team with a new editor, young talent brought on and rewards for other journalists.

Former Insight editor David Leppard, who has had four successful years as head of the investigations team, will become assistant editor, home affairs, and his deputy, Paul Nuki, moves to the newsdesk as deputy news editor.

In as Insight editor comes Brussels correspondent Stephen Grey, whose exhaustive investigations into EU corruption have primed him for the job.

His deputy will be senior news reporter Jonathan Ungoed-Thomas.

News Review editor Sarah Baxter, described as "a formidable executive" by managing editor Richard Caseby, gets the plum job of New York correspondent, replacing Tom Rhodes, while her job is taken by Focus editor Eleanor Mills.

Tobyn Andreae, deputy Culture editor, becomes Focus editor; James Clark, home affairs correspondent, will be defence correspondent; Jonathan Leake adds environment to his brief as science editor; Robert Winnett, assistant editor of the Money section, is consumer affairs correspondent; and Jack Grimston is confirmed as assistant news editor.

Caseby said: "The Sunday Times has a very strong reputation as the market leader. Sales have hit a 20-year high for the past five months in a row but we are never complacent. The changes will refresh The Sunday Times news coverage. They are also designed to develop individual careers – deepening experience of younger talent and rewarding outstanding endeavour."

lRosemary Collins, joint deputy editor of The Sunday Times Magazine, leaves this week after 12 years.

It will mean a reorganisation of the post, since Collins’s co-deputy editor, Dorothy Wade, also left recently.

Collins arrived in 1988 from the Daily Mirror as a reporter and went on to the magazine in 1993 as a senior commissioning editor. She was the paper’s news editor for two and a half years and has also been its deputy foreign editor.

She plans to take a month off with her family and then dive back into journalism.

By Jean Morgan

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