Just over a month after being made managing director (editorial) of Telegraph Group – Will Lewis has been made editor of the Daily Telegraph.
He takes over from John Bryant – who has been acting editor since November 2005 when previous editor Martin Newland abruptly left the paper. Bryant remains editor-in-chief – the post to which he was originally appointed.
Telegraph chief executive Murdoch MacLennan said: “I am delighted that William Lewis is taking up the editorship of The Daily Telegraph, building on the brilliant work that John Bryant has done.
“This is a time of great change for the paper, and for the rest of the company. As we complete our move to Victoria, and the integration of our business. Will has the vision, the energy and the determination not just to keep The Telegraph at the top of the business, but – working closely with deputy editor Ian MacGregor – to inspire his team to build our brand across a whole new range of media products and win a new generation of readers.”
Lewis said: “The editorship of Britain’s leading quality newspaper is the most prestigious job in Fleet Street and I am honoured to take it up. We have enormous opportunities ahead of us.
"With a brand known for its honesty and integrity, and a brilliantly talented team of reporters and columnists, The Daily Telegraph and our range of multi-media products have an exceptionally bright future.”
Lewis, 37, joined the Daily Telegraph in August 2005 as City editor, after three and half years at The Sunday Times, where he was business editor.
Before that he worked at the Financial Times for eight years.
Shortly after joining the Telegraph, Lewis was promoted to deputy editor, retaining control of the business section.
Then, in April, this year, Damian Reece was made Daily Telegraph City editor in order to leave Lewis free to oversee the move from Canary Wharf.