Hymas returns to news editing

The Sunday Times has appointed Charles Hymas, editor of its news review section Focus, to replace Tim Kelsey as news editor.

The Sunday Times has appointed Charles Hymas, editor of its news

review section Focus, to replace Tim Kelsey as news editor.



Kelsey is leaving next week to launch a new and traditional media

publishing venture (PR Week, 9 June).



Hymas takes up the role on Tuesday. He was actually news editor before

Kelsey took on the job, and has worked at the Sunday Times since 1990,

when he joined as education correspondent. He has since held a number of

posts including deputy news editor and deputy editor of Insight, the

paper’s investigative team.



Hymas said consumer rights and the next general election would be high

on his news agenda. He said: ’We’ve got a strong record on consumer

issues and that is an important area. We led the way with the Rip off

Britain campaign. We are moving into the run up to the general election

and that is one of the key areas we’ve got to go for. Education will be

one of the important targets as well as the NHS.’



Before joining the Sunday Times, Hymas was a political correspondent for

the Yorkshire Post, and two years before that was lobby correspondent on

the Western Evening Mail. He began his career at the South Wales Argus

in Newport, and went on to become education correspondent there.



Hymas was happy to be returning to the news editor role: ’It is one of

the best jobs on the paper,’ he said.



Kelsey was news editor of the Sunday Times for just over a year and,

like his successor, was Focus editor before that. He has worked at the

paper for the last five years and other roles included editor of Insight

and deputy news editor.



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