Martin Townsend (journalist)

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Martin Townsend (born 11 July 1960) is the editor of and columnist for the Sunday Express.

Townsend attended Harrow County School for Boys (which became Harrow High School in 1975) and the London College of Printing. He gained his first job as a journalist in 1979,[1] working on Caravan magazine, then was pop music correspondent at Today.[2]

In 1987, Townsend became a freelance reporter, but in 1994 was appointed showbusiness editor of The Mail on Sunday's You magazine,[2] then in 1999 was appointed editor of OK!. During his tenure, he persuaded Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey to pose with chocolate bars in their wedding photos, as part of a promotion.

In 2001, he was appointed editor of the Sunday Express.[3]

In 2006, Townsend had a cameo role in the television series Hustle in which he, as editor of the Sunday Express, bought an exposé story from some con men regarding the unscrupulous editor of a rival (fictional) Sunday newspaper.[4]

In 2007, Townsend published The Father I Had, an autobiographical account of his relationship with his father, who had bipolar disorder. This won the Mind Book of the Year Award 2008.[1]

Townsend married Jane O'Gorman in 1989. They have two sons and a daughter.[citation needed]

Townsend was the ghost writer of Express owner Richard Desmond's autobiography, The Real Deal: The Autobiography of Britain's Most Controversial Media Mogul.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Sunday Express editor Martin Townsend wins Mind Book of the Year Award 2008", Mind
  2. ^ a b David Lister, "Editing? It's a business thing", The Independent, 17 July 2001
  3. ^ Jessica Hodgson, "Townsend OK! at the Sunday Express", The Guardian, 22 May 2001
  4. ^ "BBC - Drama - Hustle - Characters & Actors". Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  5. ^ Roy Greenslade (8 October 2014). "NUJ to Richard Desmond: sell Express Newspapers to someone who cares". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Harris, Sarah Ann (19 June 2015). "Richard Desmond's Autobiography Gets Five Stars In The Daily Express - His Own Newspaper". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 

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Preceded by
Michael Pilgrim
Editor of the Sunday Express