Since the announcement of Paul Dacre’s upcoming retirement yesterday evening, the media world has been buzzing with guesses at who will be stepping up to take over the editor’s chair at the Mail.
Sources at the Mail’s parent company say the key factor is whether it’s Lord Rothermere (the owner) or Dacre himself (soon-to-be chairman) who is the driving force behind the appointment. Rothermere is keen to detoxify the brand as advertisers have been wobbling about the Mail’s recent tone, whereas Dacre will want someone to continue his work.
So who are the runners and riders?
* Tony Gallagher (Editor at the Sun)
The hot favourite among hacks, Gallagher has recently got close to Dacre and sees no long term future at the Sun.
* Gerard Greaves (Daily Mail deputy editor)
Seen as a bit of wimp internally, but his son is at Eton with Lord Rothermere’s son so could be Rothermere’s pick.
* Geordie Greig (Mail On Sunday editor)
Probably would have got it two years ago but his star has since faded as MoS sales have slumped.
* Chris Evans (Daily Telegraph editor)
A former Mail news editor and well thought of at Associated, but his bad rep with staff at Telegraph will count against him.
* Emma Tucker (Deputy Editor at the Times)
Would be a leftfield appointment to soften the brand. Tucker is seen as future editor material at News UK, so this would be a good reason to poach her – but would she move?