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Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times, has been appointed editor of The Sunday Times after it was announced that Martin Ivens was to step down.

Martin Ivens will be remaining with the company after serving as the editor of The Sunday Times for seven years. He will join the Times Newspapers Board in the role of director.

Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman, News Corp said: “Under Martin’s editorship, The Sunday Times has broken investigative stories of global impact, such as the reporting on FIFA, and the paper has built on its strong record for political reporting and campaigning. Martin’s wisdom and encyclopaedic knowledge of history have long enriched The Sunday Times and its readers and I thank Martin for his great service.

“I am delighted Emma Tucker is taking on the role as editor. She has had a stellar career in both print and digital journalism. She has a clear understanding of how digital is affecting our industry and how it can be deployed to the benefit of all readers. I know she will do a great job as the next editor of this outstanding publication.”

Rebekah Brooks, CEO of News UK added: “Martin has edited with rigour and intellect during political turmoil, breaking some major stories and bringing quality analysis to our readers. Over his 30 years across The Times and The Sunday Times, Martin has made a significant contribution and I am delighted that he will remain within the business.

“Emma becomes the first female editor of The Sunday Times in more than a century and she brings with her invaluable experience and great energy. On The Times, she has played a key role in the digital delivery of our content and in overseeing the evolution of our products and our newsrooms. Emma joins a talented team of journalists on The Sunday Times and I wish her the best of success in her new role as editor.”

Speaking of her elevation to editor, Emma Tucker said; “The Sunday Times is one of the most famous newspaper brands and it’s an honour to take on the editorship. Its record of investigative journalism, political scoops and breaking stories is unrivalled, as well as its features which set the agenda in the world of arts, fashion and culture. I look forward to continuing that legacy of first class reporting and working with the talented team there.”

Martin Ivens added; “After 30 years with The Sunday Times and The Times it is time to do something new. It’s been a privilege to edit this great newspaper for seven years. We have published terrific political scoops, in-depth investigations, reinvigorated three brilliant magazines and won global awards for a successful redesign. I am delighted that Emma is taking over and am grateful to all my colleagues for making this newspaper the complete Sunday package.

“I am honoured to be invited onto the Times Board and to continue my association with our newspapers as a commentator in these tumultuous times.”

Ivens is expected to also remain a contributor to the newspaper’s output in the capacity of a commentator and a broadcaster.