Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver has poached a former Daily Mirror colleague to be her new deputy.
Richard Wallace, US correspondent for the past 10 months at the Daily Mirror, replaces Mark Thomas, now editor of The People. Wallace has also previously headed the news and showbiz departments of the daily paper.
Weaver said: “I’ve worked with Richard closely on the daily. He has energy, talent and a huge enthusiasm for the job. With his strong background in news and showbusiness, he’ll be a great asset to me as deputy and to the paper.”
Wallace said: “Much as I love living and working in the US, Tina has given me a great opportunity that’s too good to pass up.
“We worked together very successfully on the Daily Mirror and that experience will be invaluable as the Sunday Mirror goes from strength to strength.
“There are exciting times ahead for all the Mirror titles and it’ll be great to be back in the thick of the action at such a key juncture.”
Wallace worked for The Sun before joining the Daily Mirror and it is from The Sun that Weaver has lured a new sports editor to replace Steve McKenlay.
Craig Tregurtha has been at The Sun for eight years, where he was associate sports editor and set up its football website Supergoals.com.
Tregurtha feels the new job gives him “a tremendous opportunity”.
Weaver thinks him “a very impressive journalist” and says he will be looking at all aspects of the Sunday Mirror’s sports coverage.
Simon Young becomes deputy news editor. Young has been working as a media consultant after leaving the Sunday Express last year, where he was assistant editor news.
Polly Graham of the 24/7 column has been promoted to assistant editor, showbusiness, and feature writer Maggie O’Riordan becomes executive feature writer.
By Jean Morgan