David Dinsmore

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David Dinsmore
David Dinsmore

(1968-09-02) 2 September 1968 (age 51)
Glasgow, United Kingdom
OccupationNewspaper executive
EmployerNews Corp (UK)
TitleChief Operating Officer, News UK[1]

David Dinsmore (born 2 September 1968)[2] is a Scottish newspaper executive and a former editor of The Sun newspaper. Dinsmore grew up in Glasgow,[3] and began working for News International at the age of 22.[4]

Early career[edit]

Dinsmore was employed by the Clydebank Post and then later he worked as a reporter for the Eastwood Mercury, Milngavie Herald and Kirkintilloch Herald newspapers.[5]

In 1991 Dinsmore became a casual reporter for the Scottish Sun newspaper. At the same time he began a degree in business management at Paisley University.[5] His first full-time role as a reporter came with the Daily Star in their Edinburgh office.[5]

Career with News Corp[edit]

Dinsmore returned to the Scottish Sun as a reporter in 1994, he then rose through the ranks of that paper to become sub-editor, then chief sub-editor. and made the move to London after becoming picture editor of the News of the World under Phil Hall.[5]

In 2004, Dinsmore became night editor of The Sun, and in 2006, he was appointed editor of the Scottish edition of the paper, serving until 2010.[4] During that time he took a general management course at Columbia Business School.[6] He then became general manager of the paper in Scotland, then in quick succession managing editor in London, and director of operations for News International.[7]

Dinsmore was appointed editor of The Sun in June 2013, replacing Dominic Mohan.[8]

Following his appointment to the job, he faced criticism as a result of the growing support for the No More Page 3 campaign, which challenged the appropriateness of bare breasts in the family newspaper. In November 2013, he stated that he had no intention of dropping the Page 3 feature, despite the pressure from campaign supporters including politicians, celebrities and student bodies.[9] In December 2014, Dinsmore was named sexist of the year by End Violence Against Women.[10][11][12] The Page 3 feature of a topless women came to end in January 2015.[13]

Under his editorship The Sun's online presence went behind a paywall, however Dinsmore is credited with growing the online subscriber base, doubling the number of paying customers from an initial 117,000 to 225,000.[14][15] Dinsmore has won also plaudits from the media industry, ranking at 27 in the 2014 Media Guardian 100,[16] and at 67 in GQ magazine's 2015 'Most Connected Men in Britain' list.[17]

On 2 September 2015 Dinsmorre was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of News UK, and Tony Gallagher succeeded him as editor of The Sun.[1] Dinsmore will take up his new post "in the coming weeks".[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "News Corp Announces Leadership Changes At News UK". Business Wire. New York. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Birthdays today: Salma Hayek". The Times. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014. David Dinsmore, editor, The Sun, 45
  3. ^ "Scot David Dinsmore takes over as Sun editor", The Herald, 21 June 2013
  4. ^ a b "Top Scottish journalist David Dinsmore appointed editor of The Sun", STV, 21 June 2013
  5. ^ a b c d Ponsford, Dominic (1 July 2013). "'Sound judgement, clear direction and affable personality' - profile of The Sun's new editor David 'Dins' Dinsmore". Press Gazette. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  6. ^ "David Dinsmore replaces Dominic Mohan as Sun editor", BBC, 21 June 2013
  7. ^ Josh Halliday "The Sun: Dominic Mohan to be replaced by David Dinsmore", The Guardian, 21 June 2013
  8. ^ Halliday, Josh (26 June 2013). "Sun's Page 3 photos of topless women will stay, says new editor". Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  9. ^ Greenslade, Roy (17 December 2014). "Sun editor David Dinsmore tops 'sexist of the year' poll". Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  10. ^ Palmer, Ewan (18 December 2014). "Sun editor David Dinsmore beats GTA 5 to be crowned 'Sexist of the Year' by feminist group". International Business Times. IB Times. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  11. ^ Scott, Ellen (17 December 2014). "The editor of The Sun has been voted 2014's sexist of the year". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  12. ^ Roy Greenslade "The Sun suffers big sales fall without Page 3 - but don't rush to conclusions", theguardian.com (blog), 6 March 2015
  13. ^ Durrani, Arif. "Campaign". Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  14. ^ "What's New in Publishing". www.whatsnewinpublishing.co.uk/. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Media Guardian 100". Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  16. ^ "GQ 100 Most Connected Men in Britain". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  17. ^ Sweney, Mark; Greenslade, Roy (2 September 2015). "Rebekah Brooks' return confirmed as Tony Gallagher is named Sun editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
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Preceded by
Dominic Mohan
Editor of The Sun
Succeeded by
Tony Gallagher