Chris Blackhurst

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Chris Blackhurst (born 24 December 1959) is a British journalist who is a former editor of The Independent. He became Group Content Director of the four titles overseen by Evgeny Lebedev in June 2013.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Barrow-in-Furness, Blackhurst's father is a former teacher and Conservative borough councillor. His mother is an ex-special needs teacher.

Blackhurst was educated at Barrow Grammar School for Boys in his home town of Barrow-in-Furness, after which he went on to study Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[2] He has said that his school instilled self-confidence in him and has argued for the restoration of grammar schools.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Blackhurst after graduation joined the staff of a legal magazine, but soon moved to Fleet Street, where he joined The Sunday Times working on the Business section, then Insight investigations team. In 1990 he became City Editor of the Sunday Express in 1990 moving to The Independent on Sunday in 1992 as their Senior Business Writer, and then to The Independent in 1993 as Westminster Correspondent. He became Deputy Editor of The Independent on Sunday and The Independent then followed editor Rosie Boycott to the Daily Express in 1998, as Deputy Editor.[4] From 2002, Blackhurst edited the City Pages of the Evening Standard, until he was appointed Editor of The Independent in 2011.[5]

He was succeeded as Independent editor by Amol Rajan in June 2013.[1]


Media offices
Preceded by
Martin Jacques
Deputy Editor of The Independent
Succeeded by
Ian Birrell
Preceded by
Tessa Hilton
Deputy Editor of the Daily Express
Succeeded by
Nicola Briggs
Preceded by
Simon Kelner
Editor of The Independent
Succeeded by
Amol Rajan