David Dinsmore

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David Dinsmore
Born David Dinsmore
(1968-09-02) 2 September 1968 (age 46)
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Editor The Sun newspaper
Employer News Corp (UK)
Title Editor
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David Dinsmore (2 September 1968)[1] is a Scottish newspaper editor. Dinsmore grew up in Glasgow,[2] and began working for News International at the age of 22.[3]

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.[4]

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.[4] His first full-time role as a reporter came with the Daily Star in their Edinburgh office.[4]

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.[4]

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.[3] During that time he took a general management course at Columbia Business School.[5] 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.[6]

Dinsmore was appointed editor of The Sun in June 2013, replacing Dominic Mohan.[7]

Since appointment to his role he has faced widespread criticism as a result of the growing support for the No More Page 3 campaign, which challenges the appropriateness of bare breasts in the family newspaper. In November 2013, he stated that he had no intention to remove Page 3, despite increasing pressure from campaign supporters including politicians, celebrities and student bodies.[8] In December 2014, Dinsmore was named sexist of the year by End Violence Against Women.[9][10][11]

Under his editorship The Sun's online presence has gone 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.[12][13] Dinsmore has won also plaudits from the media industry, ranking at 27 in the 2014 Media Guardian 100,[14] and at 67 in GQ magazine's 2015 'Most Connected Men in Britain' list.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Birthdays today: Salma Hayek". The Times. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014. David Dinsmore, editor, The Sun, 45 
  2. ^ "Scot David Dinsmore takes over as Sun editor", The Herald, 21 June 2013
  3. ^ a b "Top Scottish journalist David Dinsmore appointed editor of The Sun", STV, 21 June 2013
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "David Dinsmore replaces Dominic Mohan as Sun editor", BBC, 21 June 2013
  6. ^ Josh Halliday "The Sun: Dominic Mohan to be replaced by David Dinsmore", The Guardian, 21 June 2013
  7. ^ Halliday, Josh (26 June 2013). "Sun's Page 3 photos of topless women will stay, says new editor". Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Greenslade, Roy (17 December 2014). "Sun editor David Dinsmore tops 'sexist of the year' poll". Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Scott, Ellen (17 December 2014). "The editor of The Sun has been voted 2014's sexist of the year". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Durrani, Arif. "Campaign". Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "What's New in Publishing". http://www.whatsnewinpublishing.co.uk/. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Media Guardian 100". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "GQ 100 Most Connected Men in Britain". Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
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Preceded by
Dominic Mohan
Editor of The Sun