Former Cambridge Evening News editor Murray Morse will be the new editor-in-chief of the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport from next Monday.
Murray left the Iliffe daily title in April and set up Morse Media and Communications just two days later.
He has been doing media consultancy work for, among others, the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
Murray replaces Barry McIlheney who leaves the role after six months in charge to become group editorial director.
He will be working from the company’s Manchester offices, where the daily and Sunday titles are based, in his first newspaper job since leaving the Cambridge Evening News.
Murray said: “I’m absolutely delighted. I was doing some work for the NCTJ when I was approached by the Sport newspaper.
“They made me an offer I could not say ‘No’ to – it’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m absolutely over the moon.
“My remit is to up the news content of the newspaper.”
Murray has worked in a variety of editorial roles in both the regional and national press across the UK, with Manchester one of the few major media centres he hasn’t worked in.
His former employers include the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, South Wales Argus, Edinburgh Evening News, The Sun, Daily Record, Scottish News of the World and TVS television in Southampton among others.
During his time as editor of the Cambridge Evening News, the paper won several awards including this year’s Newspaper Society Scoop of the Year and Newspaper of the Year at the EDF Energy East of England Media Awards.
Prior this appointment, Murray had been working with the NCTJ to develop qualifications and training and recently created a National Certificate Examination for sports reporters.
NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher said: “Murray is an experienced, award-winning journalist and his expertise has taken the industry’s gold standard qualifications forward.
“Everyone at the NCTJ wishes him well in his new role.
“Our immediate priority is to find a successor from the industry to continue the research project on convergent journalism skills.”
Dave Colville (22/07/2008 11:30:59)
Well done to Murray.
Any ‘nipple counting’ jobs going, mate?
Steve Dyson (23/07/2008 21:37:34)
Nice one Murray…! The very best of luck to a real press man who was always destined to run an old-fashioned ‘Fleet Street’ tabloid. Another success story from the ‘Editors of the Future, class 2000! Best of luck