John Witherow (born 20 January 1952) is a British newspaper editor,
The Times of London. A former journalist with Reuters,
he joined News International (now News UK) in 1980 and was appointed
editor of The
Sunday Times in 1994 and editor of
The Times in 2013.
1 Early life
4 Personal life
8 External links
Witherow was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He migrated to
Britain in the mid 1950s before moving to Melbourne, Australia, in the
late 1950s. He returned to Britain in the early 1960s, where he
attended Bedford School and the University of York.
Witherow started his career working for the
BBC World Service
BBC World Service in
Namibia.[not in citation given]
After university, Witherow was taken on by
Reuters news agency in 1977
as a trainee and sent to the Cardiff School of Journalism. He then
moved to Reuters, working in London and Madrid before joining The
Times as a reporter in 1980.
At The Times, he covered the Iran–Iraq and Falklands wars.
In 1982, Witherow was sent on the aircraft carrier Invincible to cover
the Falklands War.
After the fall of Port Stanley in June, 1982, he returned to the UK on
a Hercules plane with the SAS. He wrote a book, The Winter War, The
Falklands, with Patrick Bishop, a war correspondent for The Observer
Witherow moved to The
Sunday Times in 1983 under the Editorship of
Andrew Neil. There he served in several positions, including
Defence Editor, Diplomatic Editor, Foreign Editor and Head of News.
Witherow was made Acting Editor after the departure of Neil in 1994.
He was confirmed in the job the following year.
In early 2013, Witherow was made Editor of
The Times in succession to
James Harding. The Times' independent directors confirmed the
appointment in September of that year and
The Times won Newspaper
of the Year for 2014 in the Press Awards.
Early in Witherow's editorship at The
Sunday Times the paper published
false claims that Labour politician
Michael Foot was a
KGB agent. The
paper reached a settlement with Foot over the claim.
In 2010, Witherow sought to defend the critic
A. A. Gill
A. A. Gill after he
Clare Balding a "dyke on a bike" in a TV review. Replying
to a letter of complaint from Balding, Witherow wrote, "In my view
some members of the gay community need to stop regarding themselves as
having a special victim status and behave like any other sensible
group that is accepted by society. Not having a privileged status
means, of course, one must accept occasionally being the butt of
jokes. A person's sexuality should not give them a protected status."
Balding complained to the
Press Complaints Commission
Press Complaints Commission and the
complaint was upheld.
While working as editor at The Times, Witherow received a letter from
leading UK scientists, including Lord Krebs and Lord Stern, which
criticized an article for being based on a method that "involves
ignoring everything that science has discovered about atmospheric
physics since the discovery of greenhouse warming by John Tyndall more
than 150 years ago" while adding, "On social media it has, literally,
been a laughing stock."
The letter went on to argue that this article was not an isolated
example as it added to a series of articles that appeared to be
designed to undermine climate science and consequent emission
Witherow has three children from his former marriage to Sarah
Witherow, John & Bishop, Patrick (1982). The Winter War: Falklands
Conflict. Quartet Books. ISBN 0-7043-3424-0.
Witherow, John & Sullivan, Aidan (1991). The
Sunday Times War in
the Gulf: A Pictorial History. St. Martin's Press.
^ "Toffs at the top Press Gazette". www.pressgazette.co.uk. Archived
from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
^ Martinson, Jane. "Interview with John Witherow". the Guardian.
^ a b Greenslade, Roy (2004-01-01). Press Gang: How Newspapers Make
Profits from Propaganda. Pan. ISBN 9780330393768.
^ "Cardiff School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies".
www.cardiff.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
^ Feron, James (3 July 1982). "British Reporters Tell New Side of
Falkland Story". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved
^ Witherow, John (1982). The Winter War: Falklands Conflict. Quartet
^ "John Witherow :: News Transparency". www.newstransparency.com.
^ Torin, Douglas (19 January 2013). "
John Witherow is appointed new
editor of the Times". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
^ Greenslade, Roy (27 September 2013). "Witherow and Ivens confirmed
as editors of Times and Sunday Times". The Guardian. Retrieved
^ "Press Awards". www.pressawards.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
^ Williams, Rhys (23 October 2011). "'Sunday Times' pays Foot damages
KGB claim". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
^ Eaton, George (31 July 2010). "
Sunday Times under fire over 'dyke'
slur against Clare Balding". New Statesman. Retrieved
^ Staff (17 September 2010). "
Clare Balding complaint over sexuality
is upheld". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-10-31.
Sunday Times opts for modern and lively - Media news - Media
Week". www.mediaweek.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
The International Who's Who 2004. Routledge. 2003.
"John Witherow" profile as part
The Guardian Media Top 100 of 2003
John Witherow profile as part of Newsworks
John Witherow profile for News UK
The Times and the Sunday Times
1785: John Walter
1803: John Walter, 2nd
1812: John Stoddart
1817: Thomas Barnes
1841: John Delane
1877: Thomas Chenery
1884: George Earle Buckle
1912: Geoffrey Dawson
1919: Wickham Steed
1923: Geoffrey Dawson
1941: Robert Barrington-Ward
1948: William Francis Casey
1952: William Haley
1967: William Rees-Mogg
1981: Harold Evans
1982: Charles Douglas-Home
1985: Charles Wilson
1990: Simon Jenkins
1992: Peter Stothard
2002: Robert Thomson
2007: James Harding
2013: John Witherow
1821: Henry White
1822: Daniel Whittle Harvey
1828: Thomas Gaspey
1850: E. T. Smith
1858: E. W. Scale
1867: Edmund Scale
1874: Joseph Hatton
1881: Neville Bruce
1887: Phil Robinson
1890: Arthur William à Beckett
1893: Rachel Beer
1901: Leonard Rees
1932: William W. Hadley
1950: Harry Hodson
1961: Denis Hamilton
1967: Harold Evans
1981: Frank Giles
1983: Andrew Neil
1995: John Witherow
2013: Martin Ivens
Current editors of national newspapers of the United Kingdom
Gary Jones (EIC), Vacant (Daily Express)
Paul Dacre (Daily Mail)
Alison Phillips (Daily Mirror)
Jon Clark (EIC), Vacant (Daily Star)
Lionel Barber (Financial Times)
Ben Chacko (Morning Star)
Chris Evans (The Daily Telegraph)
Katharine Viner (The Guardian)
Oliver Duff (i)
Tony Gallagher (The Sun)
John Witherow (The Times)
Stuart James (Daily Star Sunday)
Geordie Greig (The Mail on Sunday)
Martin Townsend (Sunday Express)
Peter Willis (Sunday Mirror)
Victoria Newton (Sun on Sunday)
John Mulholland (The Observer)
Peter Willis (The Sunday People)
Allister Heath (The Sunday Telegraph)