News International has confirmed Dominic Mohan is to step down as editor of The Sun.
Mohan, who has been editor since 2009, will take up a senior role advising the Chief Executive Officer of News Corporation. Former editor of the Scottish Sun David Dinsmore will take over as editor on Monday 24th June.
“It has been a real privilege to edit the Sun, an intrinsic part of modern Britain, loved by its readers and unmatched by its rivals.” – Dominic Mohan
The Sun remains popular despite the phone-hacking scandal which brought down its sister paper News of the World in 2011. A number of Sun staff have been arrested by officers from Operation Elveden, which is the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to public officials.
Dinsmore’s appointment comes as The Sun online prepares to go behind a pay-wall. This follows the acquisition of Premier League football clips which will be available on the site. Daily Mail Online, which is free, has recently become the most viewed newspaper website in the world.
David Dinsmore says he hopes to build on The Sun’s history. “I relish the opportunity to build on the historic strengths of the Sun, and harness new digital opportunities to offer our loyal readers more than ever.”