Now End of an era as Daily Mail editor Dacre steps down. Paul Dacre, the towering editor of the Daily Mail, is to step down after 26 years running one of Britain’s most influential newspapers.Mr Dacre will edit his last edition in November but will remain at DMGT, the Daily Mail’s publisher, as chairman and editor-in-chief of its newspaper arm Associated Newspapers.
The change marks the end of an era on Fleet Street as the digital revolution gathers pace and the pressure on print titles mounts. DMGT, controlled by Lord Rothermere, is yet to appoint Mr Dacre’s successor.Mr Dacre is planning to step down as a director of DMGT’s board before the end of the financial year, at the end of October. He is due to turn 70 in November and said he was announcing the move now “in order to facilitate the handover to a new team”.
He thanked Lord Rothermere and said: “He has given me two things that to an editor are worth more than all the riches of Araby: the freedom to edit without interference and the backing to assemble Fleet Street’s greatest team of journalists.”
Mr Dacre joined The Daily Mail from The Evening Standard, which he edited between 1991 and 1992. Widely hailed as the most influential newspaper editor of the modern era, he launched a number of notable campaigns, including the paper’s effort to bring Stephen Lawrence’s killers to justice and its long-running “Dignity for the Elderly” crusade.
The Omagh bombing justice campaign organised by The Daily Mail in 2000 resulted in families of the victims receiving a landmark legal victory.Lord Rothermere, in an internal announcement, praised Mr Dacre’s “many campaigns, investigations and crusades that have held power to account, given a voice to the voiceless and often set the political agenda, through six prime ministerships”.
Paul is, quite simply, the greatest Fleet Street Editor of his generation
He said Mr Dacre would continue to advise the company “at a time of profound upheaval in the media landscape” and thanked him for his “brilliant stewardship”.
“Paul is, quite simply, the greatest Fleet Street Editor of his generation,” he said. News of the titan’s departure will kick off a race to take over one of the most highly-coveted roles on Fleet Street.The frontrunners are thought to include Geordie Greig, editor of The Mail on Sunday, joint Daily Mail deputy editors Ted Verity and Gerard Greaves, Martin Clarke, publisher of MailOnline, and Tony Gallagher, editor of The Sun.
As well as wielding substantial influence, the role is likely to come with a sizeable pay packet. Mr Dacre was the best-paid newspaper editor last year, receiving a total remuneration of almost £2.4m.