The Sun rules out integration with News of the World

Managing editor of The Sun Graham Dudman ruled out merging the paper’s operation with that of the News of the World as the paper revealed this week that digital integration nears completion.

Dudman said: ‘There are no plans of merging The Sun and the News of the World editorially or having journalists working across both titles.

‘We have not even been thinking about it – they are totally separate; great rivals.

‘The papers are two very separate beasts and will remain so.”

The Sun’s newsroom has been re-arranged so that online/mobile journalists are now working on the same desks as their corresponding print journalists. Previously they had been sectioned off. There is a ‘snake’shaped news and picture desk at the head of the newsroom which allows the team to be closer to each other than if the desk was straight.

Dudman said: ‘The purpose of what we are doing is to make it easier for our journalists to talk and share ideas in one room. It’s about getting The Sun’s content onto as many platforms as quickly as possible. We couldn’t rip everything apart like the Telegraph and start again.”

Sun editor Rebekah Wade also announced a major shake-up of senior executives this week that saw associate editor Dominic Mohan made deputy editor, Bizarre editor Victoria Newton made head of features and entertainment, and Gordon Smart promoted to Bizarre editor. Current deputy editor Fergus Shanahan was made executive editor.

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