Stig Abell

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Stig Abell
Stephen Paul Abell

(1980-04-10) 10 April 1980 (age 41)
Nottingham, England
Other namesStig
EducationLoughborough Grammar School
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
OccupationNewspaper editor, journalist, radio presenter
Notable credit(s)
The Sun
The Times Literary Supplement

Stephen "Stig" Paul Abell[1][2][3] (born 10 April 1980) is an English journalist, newspaper editor and radio presenter. He currently co-presents the Monday to Thursday breakfast show on Times Radio with Aasmah Mir.

Abell was from 2016 to 2020 editor of The Times Literary Supplement and from 2013 to 2016 managing editor of The Sun. He was formerly a fiction reviewer at The Spectator and reviewer at Telegraph Media Group as well as The Times Literary Supplement. He was also a presenter on LBC Radio.


Abell was born in Nottingham and educated at Loughborough Grammar School, and went on to graduate with a double first in English from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[4]


In September 2001, Abell joined the Press Complaints Commission as a complaints officer;[5] he completed other roles at the PCC including press officer, assistant director and deputy director before being appointed Director of the PCC on 19 December 2010.[6] In August 2013, Abell joined The Sun as managing editor, his role until the end of April 2016.[7]

In March 2014, Abell started co-presenting a show on LBC Radio alongside Sky News television presenter Kay Burley from 8 am to 11 am on Sundays. Burley was the main presenter while Abell reviewed the papers and added political comment.[8]

From August 2014, the show was co-presented by Abell and LBC's Petrie Hosken. In January 2015, he was given his own show from 8 am to 10 am on Sundays. From April 2016, Abell moved to the afternoon slot on Sundays of 3 pm to 6 pm.

Abell has been heavily criticised for publishing an article in 2015 by Katie Hopkins. The article argued for "gunships sending these boats back to their own country", and described migrants as "like cockroaches". It concluded that Britain should "force migrants back to their shores and burn the boats".[9][10][11]

In May 2016, Abell became the editor of The Times Literary Supplement, succeeding Sir Peter Stothard, who had edited the newspaper for the previous 14 years.[12][13] He held the post until June 2020, when he was succeeded by Martin Ivens [14][15]

He is a regular presenter on the BBC Radio 4 series Front Row.[16]

In May 2018 Abell's first book, How Britain Really Works, was published by John Murray.[17]

In April 2020 it was announced that Abell would be joining the upcoming radio station Times Radio as a presenter. He was also named as the station's Launch Director.[18]

In November 2020, he released his second book, Things I Learned on the 6:28, a guide to reading.[19]


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  8. ^ "Kay Burley & Stig Abell". LBC Radio. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^, Simon (18 April 2015). "Katie Hopkins has just written a piece so hateful that it might give Hitler pause – why was it published?". The Independent.
  10. ^ Garner, Dwight (26 May 2018). "A Scrappy Makeover for a Tweedy Literary Fixture". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Okwonga, Musa (11 December 2018). "Raheem Sterling shouldn't have to educate the media about racism". The Guardian.
  12. ^ Greenslade, Roy (12 February 2016). "Sun managing editor Stig Abell to become editor of the TLS". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Stig Abell appointed Editor/Publisher of the Times Literary Supplement | News UK". Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  14. ^ Comerford, Ruth (24 June 2020). "Martin Ivens to become TLS editor as Stig Abell departs". The Bookseller. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  15. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte (24 June 2020). "Ex-Sunday Times editor Martin Ivens takes helm at TLS as Stig Abell focuses on radio". PressGazette. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Stig Abell". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  17. ^ Hinsliff, Gaby (11 May 2018). "How Britain Really Works by Stig Abell review – the facts about a muddle of a country" – via
  18. ^ Martin, Roy (27 April 2020). "Times Radio schedule revealed ahead of summer launch". Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Things I Learned on the 6.28 by Stig Abell | Waterstones". Retrieved 27 December 2020.