Paul Dacre appointed editor-in-chief of Daily Mail parent company

Paul Dacre has been appointed as the editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail’s parent company after pulling out of the running to be the next chair of the media regulator, Ofcom.

His appointment at the helm of DMG Media comes days after his rival, Geordie Greig, was ousted as editor of the group’s daily title.

Dacre’s appointment was announced to staff in an email from Jonathan Harmsworth, the fourth Viscount Rothermere, who is the chair of DMGT.

“Although he will not be involved in day-to-day editing, he will be taking an active role advising me and the editors,” Rothermere said.

The return of Dacre to his former employers comes after a brief dalliance with the public sector in the form of a potential move to Ofcom.

He disengaged from that race – describing the process of civil service recruitment as an “infelicitous dalliance with the blob” in a letter to The Times – after after concerns were raised about the transparency of the recruitment process.

After failing in his first attempt when an interview panel decided the former editor of the Daily Mail did not fulfil the required criteria, ministers then cleared the way for him to be given another shot.

But when the Guardian revealed a lobbyist at a company with close connections to the Conservative party was picked to help select which candidates should be approved, Dacre announced he would not proceed with an application again despite being urged to “by many senior members of the government”.

The extent to which a man who was one of Fleet Street’s most hands-on editors will be content with a lack of involvement in day-to-day editing will be keenly watched by those who have followed his 42-year association with the Daily Mail, which included a quarter of a century as editor.

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