Sun columnist and former Bizarre editor Dominic Mohan is stepping out of the limelight and into the editor’s chair.
He takes over as associate editor (features) from Graham Dudman, who becomes managing editor.
Mohan,35, started his career with the London News Service, before working for The Sun and the Daily Mirror as a showbiz reporter. He joined the News of the World, under Piers Morgan, as showbiz reporter in 1994 and went to The Sun’s Bizarre (showbiz) column in 1996.
He edited Bizarre from 1998 until 10 months ago when he was made assistant editor with a page column on a Saturday.
The new job puts him in charge of features content and gives him a place on the rota of senior executives who take turns to sit in the editor’s chair on a Sunday. The other two are associate editors Simon Cosyns and Geoff Webster.
Mohan is to drop his Sony Awardwinning Virgin radio show broadcast on Sundays.
He said: “I’m not going to be writing at all and that’s going to be weird because I’ve seen my name in the paper for the last eight-and-a-half years. But what I’ve discovered is I was getting more satisfaction from seeing ideas of mine in the paper than seeing my name in the paper.”
Mohan was behind recent Sun stunts such as projecting a giant England flag on to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during the Euro 2004 football competition and getting Sven Goran Eriksson to unwittingly sign his own resignation letter.
Dudman,40, joined The Sun in 1990 after stints on the Stockport Express, Evening Gazette in Middlesbrough and shifts on the Daily Mail and Daily Express.
He was The Sun’s first, and only Moscow correspondent and progressed to news editor before leaving the paper in 1993 to set up his own news agency in Miami.
He came back to The Sun in 1998 to become head of news, and was in charge of the operation to bring train robber Ronnie Biggs back to the UK from Brazil.
As managing editor, Dudman will be in charge of the management side of running the editorial team, working alongside Chris Roycroft-Davis who remains executive editor.