Martin Newland

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Martin Newland (born 26 October 1961) is a British journalist and currently an advisor to Abu Dhabi Media. Before that he was Executive Director Publishing, Abu Dhabi Media. Prior to that, he was launch Editor of The National, a national newspaper in Abu Dhabi. Previous to that, he was editor of The Daily Telegraph, a British broadsheet newspaper, from 2003–2005, replacing Charles Moore. Newland was appointed Editor upon his return from Canada where he was a launch editor and Deputy Editor of Conrad Black's new national newspaper The National Post. The launch of the Post started one of the most costly and intense newspaper wars in North America. He is related to Andrew Newland.

Newland worked to preserve the Daily Telegraph when it was purchased in June 2004 from Hollinger International by the Barclay brothers, owners of The Scotsman newspaper and The Business magazine.

After the takeover, it was confirmed that Newland would remain as editor under the new owners, despite some reports that he would be replaced by Dominic Lawson, editor of the Sunday Telegraph, and others such as Andrew Neil, publisher of The Scotsman and The Business.

Newland was opposed to introducing a compact (tabloid) version of the Daily Telegraph but was known to want to introduce some changes to the broadsheet.

Newland resigned as Daily Telegraph editor on 18 November 2005. His temporary replacement was confirmed as John Bryant, the Telegraph Group's newly appointed Editor-in-Chief. Bryant was never officially editor of the Daily Telegraph, a much-coveted office previously held by the likes of Lord Deedes and Max Hastings.

In August 2007, Press Gazette's Axegrinder column reported that Newland was due to launch a new newspaper in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.

The National, was launched on 17 April 2008;[1] it is the UAE's sixth daily English-language newspaper but the only one printed in Abu Dhabi.

Previous career[edit]

Newland was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Prior to becoming editor of The Daily Telegraph, he worked at the Catholic Herald from 1986–89; then became a reporter and home editor on The Daily Telegraph 1989-98. He was deputy editor on the National Post, a conservative Canadian daily founded in 1998 by Lord Black of Crossharbour. Under Newland's news direction, the upstart daily found a distinctive voice and quickly came to within striking distance of the venerable, but colourless Globe and Mail, before mounting losses forced major cutbacks in editorial staffing levels. Before that Newland was home editor, news editor and a reporter for The Daily Telegraph.

Newland was educated at Downside School, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Goldsmith's College (University of London) where he took a BA in History and Heythrop College, University of London, where he took an MA in theology.

A devout Catholic,[2] he is married to Benedicte, née Smets, the sister of Pascale Smets, who is married to the Telegraph's pocket cartoonist Matt. The couple has four children.


  1. ^ MEED: National moment for newspaper launch
  2. ^ Marathon man keeps Telegraph running
Media offices
Preceded by
Charles Moore
Editor of The Daily Telegraph
2003 - 2005
Succeeded by
John Bryant