Born in Hampstead, he is the son of Michael Ivens, former director of the Aims of Industry pressure group. Educated at St Peter's College, Oxford, Ivens became the deputy editor of The Sunday Times in 1996, but reportedly refused to return to the office on the night Diana, Princess of Wales died, an incident which "is thought by some to have blotted his copybook". His political column for the paper began in September 2007.
In common with new Times editor John Witherow, his predecessor at the Sunday Times, Ivens was appointed as the acting editor in January 2013, after the independent directors of Times Newspapers refused to make a permanent appointment. In a statement issued on 27 September, he was finally confirmed as editor, along with Witherow at the sister paper, by the independent national directors.
- Roy Greenslade "", theguardian, 27 September 2013
- "Notable alumni", St Peter's College Oxford website
- Lisa O'Carroll "Who will be the next editor of the Times? Our runners and riders", guardian.co.uk, 14 December 2012
- Ben Dowell "Ivens to be Sunday Times political columnist", Media Guardian, 13 September 2007
- Katherine Rushton "John Witherow named acting editor of The Times as News International eyes merger", telegraph.co.uk, 18 January 2013
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