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.