Top Scottish journalist David Dinsmore appointed editor of The Sun

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A leading Scottish journalist with more than two decades of experience in the trade has been appointed editor of The Sun.

David Dinsmore, who is from Glasgow, will assume the editor's chair at the UK's biggest-selling newspaper on Monday. One of his first priorities will be to guide the paper's new mobile football clips service, allowing readers to watch exclusive Premier League videos on their handheld devices.

The 44-year-old is a former editor of the Scottish Sun and a senior executive at News International.

Mr Dinsmore, who began working for Rupert Murdoch's tabloid aged 22, said: "There is no better job in journalism than editing Britain's most popular paper. I relish the opportunity to build on the historic strengths of the Sun, and harness new digital opportunities to offer our loyal readers more than ever.

"Our exclusive rights to show mobile football clips of the Premier League will be a major enhancement this summer and a sign of more to come.”

Mr Dinsmore, who is replacing outgoing editor Dominic Mohan, is currently director of operations at News International.

He served as interim managing editor of The Sun between December 2011 and October 2012 after over a year as general manager for News International in Scotland.

He edited the Scottish edition of the UK's biggest-selling newspaper between February 2006 and September 2010.

Prior to that, he was night editor of the tabloid for just over two years.

Outgoing editor Dominic Mohan will be taking up a new post as adviser to the chief executive officer of the new News Corp company.

He said: "It has been a real privilege to edit the Sun, an intrinsic part of modern Britain, loved by its readers and unmatched by its rivals. I am proud of the way we have informed and amused our readers in recent years and also campaigned on their behalf in difficult economic times. I would like to thank my peerless staff for the creativity and spark they have brought to the paper day after day.

“I am confident The Sun will go from strength to strength, and now look forward to a new challenge of helping a brand new company find its feet and build a strong future for its journalism across the globe."

The Sun had a circulation of 2,269,238 in May but its readership sits at around 7,000,000.

The paper, along with other News International titles, was rocked by the phone-hacking scandal. After the demise of its sister paper the News of the World, The Sun began publishing a Sunday edition.

Mike Darcey, CEO of News International said: "David Dinsmore is ideally placed to take the team to even higher levels. He has a proven track record on the paper over two decades and has recently helped steer the Premier League project with great skill and vision."