In April 2008, Roger Alton was confirmed as the new editor of The Independent, beginning work on 1 July 2008. Since then, The Independent's circulation has plummeted by nearly 20 percent. He also writes a fortnightly sport column in the Spectator. Alton resigned from The Independent in April when the paper reverted to its former editor, Simon Kelner.
On 24 May 2010, Alton was appointed executive editor of The Times, succeeding Alex O’Connell, who is appointed arts editor. Alton began at his new paper on 28 June 2010. Alton left the The Times in 2015.