The Independent has named Geordie Greig its next editor in chief — a stunning comeback after the Daily Mail ousted him from the same post in late 2021 after he lead the outlet’s dogged coverage of the scandals surrounding ex-Prime Minster Boris Johnson.
At the time, a source close to the ouster described it as a “power grab” by MailOnline editor Martin Clarke in his efforts to build the MailOnline website into a global presence.
On his new position, Greig said:
“I am delighted to become editor-in-chief of The Independent, the only title that has successfully made the transition from national newspaper to global news platform, whilst maintaining editorial integrity and remaining profitable throughout.
“This sustained large scale readership is a testament to The Independent’s commitment to truly independent, authoritative news coverage, and I look forward to leading the brilliant editorial team that is successfully making journalism a force for good.”
Independent Digital News and Media Limited (IDNML) chairman John Paton added:
“Geordie Greig’s appointment as editor-in-chief is a defining moment for The Independent as we continue to focus on growing the business. Geordie has been the editor of three Fleet Street papers and has a brilliant track record for building news brands that successfully deliver for their audiences, growing readership and audience engagement.
“Geordie’s experience will be critical as we look to further build news teams around the world to extend our global reach, whilst also maintaining the values and integrity of The Independent as we expand.”
You can congratulate Greig via Twitter.