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John Witherow
John Witherow
(born 20 January 1952) is a British newspaper editor, currently with The Times
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
Sunday Times
in 1994 and editor of The Times
The Times
in 2013.

John Witherow

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Controversies 4 Personal life 5 Works 6 References 7 Bibliography 8 External links

Early life[edit] Witherow was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He migrated to Britain in the mid 1950s before moving to Melbourne, Australia, in the late 1950s.[1] He returned to Britain in the early 1960s, where he attended Bedford School[2] and the University of York.[3] Career[edit] Witherow started his career working for the BBC World Service
BBC World Service
in Namibia.[4][not in citation given] After university, Witherow was taken on by Reuters
Reuters
news agency in 1977 as a trainee and sent to the Cardiff School of Journalism.[5] He then moved to Reuters, working in London and Madrid before joining The Times as a reporter in 1980.[6] At The Times, he covered the Iran–Iraq and Falklands wars.[4] In 1982, Witherow was sent on the aircraft carrier Invincible to cover the Falklands War.[7] 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 newspaper.[8] Witherow moved to The Sunday Times
Sunday Times
in 1983 under the Editorship of Andrew Neil.[9] 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.[10] In early 2013, Witherow was made Editor of The Times
The Times
in succession to James Harding.[11] The Times' independent directors confirmed the appointment in September of that year[12] and The Times
The Times
won Newspaper of the Year for 2014 in the Press Awards.[13] Controversies[edit] Early in Witherow's editorship at The Sunday Times
Sunday Times
the paper published false claims that Labour politician Michael Foot
Michael Foot
was a KGB
KGB
agent. The paper reached a settlement with Foot over the claim.[14] In 2010, Witherow sought to defend the critic A. A. Gill
A. A. Gill
after he called Clare Balding
Clare Balding
a "dyke on a bike" in a TV review.[15] 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.[16] 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."[17] 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 reduction programs.[18] Personal life[edit] Witherow has three children from his former marriage to Sarah Linton.[19] Works[edit]

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
Sunday Times
War in the Gulf: A Pictorial History. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-06706-2. 

References[edit]

^ http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/community/people/john-witherow ^ "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. Retrieved 2015-11-02.  ^ 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.  ^ http://www.newsworks.org.uk/News-and-Opinion/the-editors-john-witherow- ^ Feron, James (3 July 1982). "British Reporters Tell New Side of Falkland Story". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-10-30.  ^ Witherow, John (1982). The Winter War: Falklands Conflict. Quartet Books.  ^ https://www.theguardian.com/media/2002/jul/28/sundaytimes.comment ^ "John Witherow :: News Transparency". www.newstransparency.com. Retrieved 2015-11-03.  ^ Torin, Douglas (19 January 2013). " John Witherow
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 2015-10-30.  ^ "Press Awards". www.pressawards.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-03.  ^ Williams, Rhys (23 October 2011). "'Sunday Times' pays Foot damages over KGB
KGB
claim". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-10-30.  ^ Eaton, George (31 July 2010). " Sunday Times
Sunday Times
under fire over 'dyke' slur against Clare Balding". New Statesman. Retrieved 2015-10-31.  ^ Staff (17 September 2010). " Clare Balding
Clare Balding
complaint over sexuality is upheld". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-10-31.  ^ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/21/timess-climate-change-coverage-distorted-and-poor-quality ^ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/21/timess-climate-change-coverage-distorted-and-poor-quality ^ "The Sunday Times
Sunday Times
opts for modern and lively - Media news - Media Week". www.mediaweek.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 

Bibliography[edit]

The International Who's Who 2004. Routledge. 2003. 

External links[edit]

"John Witherow" profile as part The Guardian
The Guardian
Media Top 100 of 2003 The editors: John Witherow
John Witherow
profile as part of Newsworks John Witherow
John Witherow
profile for News UK

v t e

Editors of The Times
The Times
and the Sunday Times

The 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

Sunday Times

1821: Henry White 1822: Daniel Whittle Harvey 1824: Clarkson 1828: Thomas Gaspey 1835: Unknown 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

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Current editors of national newspapers of the United Kingdom

Daily

Gary Jones (EIC), Vacant (Daily Express) Paul Dacre (Daily Mail) Alison Phillips (Daily Mirror) Jon Clark (EIC), Vacant (Daily Star) Lionel Barber
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
John Witherow
(The Times)

Sunday

Stuart James (Daily Star Sunday) Geordie Greig
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
Allister Heath
(The Sunday Telegraph) Martin Ivens

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