Geordie Greig has been appointed as the new director of the Daily Mail, and will replace Paul Dacre at the end of this year.
The 57-year-old currently oversees the paper’s sister title the Mail on Sunday.
Lord Rothermere, chairman of the e-Mail owner DMGT, has confirmed the appointment, praising Mr. Greig as “exceptional”.
Mr Dacre has been editor of the e-Mail for the past 26 years, became the chairman of Associated Newspapers, and its editor-in-chief.
Mr. Greig was editor of the Sunday title from 2012. In sharp contrast with its daily stablemate, the Mail on Sunday has strongly supported the UK staying in the EU.
His new appointment has led some commentators to question whether the Mail might also change his editorial position Brexit.
Matthew Garrahan, media editor of the Financial Times, wrote on twitter:
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Lord Adonis, a Labour peer and former Transport minister, commented:
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Eton-educated Mr Greig is a former editor of the magazine Tatler, and became the Evening Standard editor in 2009, when the London paper was still owned by DMGT.
Its Associated Newspapers division, also owns the Metro and MailOnline Mail titles.
Ted Verity, deputy director of the Daily Mail, will become the new Mail on Sunday editor, DMGT, has said.