← back to all news Paul Dacre to step down as editor of the Daily Mail in November after 26 years
Paul Dacre is stepping down as editor of the Daily Mail newspaper after 26 years in the role.
In a statement, Mr Dacre said he had decided to "step back from the responsibilities of day-to-day editing" by his 70th birthday in November. He will become chairman of the Mail's publisher Associated Newspapers and its editor-in-chief.
Parent company DMGT said Mr Dacre's new roles had been announced to facilitate a handover to the Mail's new editor, "who will be named in due course". Mr Dacre will also leave his post as a board director of DMGT prior to the end of the financial year, it added.
The company's chairman Lord Rothermere hailed Mr Dacre as "quite simply, the greatest Fleet Street editor of his generation". He also praised the "sheer power" of Mr Dacre's "many campaigns, investigations and crusades that have held power to account, given a voice to the voiceless and often set the political agenda through six prime ministerships".
"He has done this while working tirelessly to defend press freedom to the benefit of our whole industry," Lord Rothermere added.
Mr Dacre has led a series of campaigns since taking over at the Mail in 1992 following a brief spell as editor of the Evening Standard.