Peter Willis and Alison Phillips are new Mirror editors

Daily Mirror deputy editor Peter Willis has been named as the new Monday to Friday editor of the paper and associate editor Alison Phillips is the new Saturday and Sunday editor.

The move follows the sacking last week of Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace and Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver. Their roles were made redundant in a management shake-up which saw People editor Lloyd Embley take charge of a seven-day Mirror operation.

The pair, who clocked up more than 40 years Mirror service between them, were dismissed in a surprise move last Wednesday which saw them both asked to leave with immediate effect.

The two new weekday and weekend editors will report into Embley, whose job title is editor of the Daily and Sunday Mirror.

He said: "These two positions are absolutely key to the seamless introduction of a seven-day operation at the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror. Peter and Alison are superbly talented journalists whose creativity, drive and instinct are exactly what we need.

'I worked with them both at the Daily Mirror for many years before editing The People and I know that we will make a dynamic team. These are richly-rewarded promotions for two of the finest journalists I know."

Willis started his 25-year national press career at The Sun, working in both news and features, before joining the Daily Mirror in 1997 as the launch editor of Saturday magazine The Look. During his 15 years at the Mirror, he has been head of features, assistant editor, associate editor and most recently deputy editor.

Phillips joined the Daily Mirror in 2001 as features editor before becoming associate editor eight years ago. Prior to the Mirror she was features editor at the Sunday People for two years. Previously she has worked on the Sunday People magazine, Woman magazine, Connors press agency in Sussex, the Evening Argus in Brighton and the Harlow Star.

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