Former Daily Mail editor Geordie Greig has been named editor of online newspaper The Independent.
Mr Greig was editor of the Daily Mail for three years, having transferred from the Mail on Sunday in 2018.
But he was ousted in 2021, after clashing over the newspaper’s management with his predecessor as editor, Lord Dacre, who returned as editor at parent company DMG Media.
While Mr Dacre backed Brexit, Mr Greig backed Remain, and the Mail often took a more critical stance towards then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson under his tenure.
The Independent, which is partly owned by Russian businessman and owner of the Evening Standard, Lord Lebedev, only went online in 2016.
About 50 jobs at the outlet – more than a fifth of its workforce – are currently at risk of being made redundant as it grapples with a downturn in the digital advertising market.
It hasn’t had a full-time editor since 2020, when Christian Broughton moved to the newly created position of managing director.
Before that, the post of editor was held by Amol Rajan, who now works for the BBC as a presenter of Radio 4 Today, among other programs.
Mr Greig, who previously edited the Evening Standard, said he was “delighted” to take over as CEO of The Independent, describing it as the UK’s “number one quality news brand”.
Independent Digital News and Media Limited (IDNML) Chairman John Paton said Mr Greig had “a distinguished track record of building news brands that successfully respond to their audience, increasing readership and ‘public engagement’.