August 26, 2009 / 7:36 PM / 10 years ago

News Corp promotes Dominic Mohan to Sun editor

LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch’s News International has promoted Dominic Mohan to replace Rebekah Brooks as editor of the Sun, Britain’s most popular newspaper, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mohan, currently the tabloid’s deputy editor, will assume his new role on Sept. 2. Brooks, known as Rebekah Wade until her recent marriage, in June was appointed chief executive of News International, the British arm of News Corp (NWSA.O).

Mohan, 40, has worked at the Sun for 13 years, including a stint as associate features editor.

James Murdoch, who heads News Corp’s European and Asian operations, said, “Dominic has proved himself a very capable deputy to Rebekah, sharing her passion for campaigning journalism on the issues that connect with the country.”

Brooks was previously editor of the News of the World, the Sun’s Sunday sister paper. During that time, she campaigned to name and shame pedophiles — a move that led to reprisal attacks, including against an innocent pediatrician.

However, she managed to maintain the circulation more successfully than her rival tabloid editors, and was rewarded with the editorship of the Sun in 2003.

Mohan said on Wednesday, “It is a privilege to take over as editor and I cannot wait to get started.” (Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; editing by John Wallace)

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