Telegraph editor-in-chief steps down

Telegraph editor-in-chief John Bryant has stepped down after just over a year in the job.

He left on Sunday and Telegraph Media Group has not announced whether or not he will be replaced.

Telegraph chief executive Murdoch MacLennan created the role of editor-in-chief in November 2005, above the heads of the
daily and Sunday paper editors.

Then Daily Telegraph editor Martin Newland stepped down just a week after Bryant’s appointment and Sunday Telegraph editor Sarah Sands left four months later, in March last year.

Bryant, 62, was acting editor of the Daily Telegraph – as well as editor-in-chief of both the Sunday and daily titles – until October this year when Will Lewis was given the job.

MacLennan said: “‘We owe John an enormous debt for the skill and dedication he has brought to the role, and the Group, over the last year. Under his innovative leadership, The Daily Telegraph grew in strength and stature as the market leading quality newspaper.

“And John crucially prepared the ground for our move to Victoria. His role in helping us on the way to becoming the leading digital quality media company has been absolutely crucial. We will miss him.”

Bryant said: ‘I have had a great time here among so many brilliant journalists and writers. It has been a joy to return The Telegraph to so many of its great traditional strengths, to give it a renewed sense of direction, and at the same time to have been part of the transformation that is now taking place within the Telegraph Media Group.

“I look forward to keeping up many acquaintances, and watching both the newspapers and the website go from strength to strength.”

Bryant joined the Telegraph after being consultant editor of the Mail since 2001. Before that previous jobs have included: deputy editor of the Daily Mail, editor of the Sunday Correspondent and The European and deputy editor of The Times.

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