is to step down from the role he has occupied for just
over seven years to be replaced by his deputy Hugh Whittow.
who is approaching his 65th birthday, notified staff last night that he
was planning to leave the paper later this month.
Newspapers confirmed his departure and the appointment of Whittow as his
replacement in a statement issued this morning.
said: 'It has been a huge privilege to edit two great national
newspapers and now it's time to explore new directions.
to thank my colleagues for their unstinting support and enthusiasm.'
Desmond, chairman of Express Newspapers, said: 'Peter has been a
tremendous asset to the company. We all wish him and his family well for
appointed editor of the Express in December, 2003 after the abrupt
departure of Chris Williams, who had edited the paper for the previous
his appointment, Hill had been editor of the Daily Star for five years,
similarly owned by Desmond, where he had been since 1978, having
previously been deputy editor, associate editor, night editor and chief
also worked at the Colne Valley Guardian, Huddersfield Examiner,
Manchester Evening News, Oldham Chronicle, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror
and People earlier in his career.
replacement, Whittow, was deputy editor to Hill at The Daily Star and
also acted as launch editor of the Sunday Star in 2002 before following
Hill to the Express shortly after his appointment as editor.
his time at the helm of the Express, Hill has presided over a paper
which, like almost all other nationals, suffered a large drop in
the paper had a daily circulation of around 930,000. By last month that
had fallen to a daily average of 623,689 ' according to figures supplied
by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
recent years the Express has been criticised for what some see as an
obsession with the circumstances surrounding the death of Princess
serious was its controversial coverage following the disappearance of
McCann while on holiday with her parents
da Luz, Portugal in 2007.
of Daily Express stories implied the involvement of Gerry and Kate
McCann in the disappearance and possible death of their three-year-old
2008, Express Newspapers (the Star titles and both Express titles) paid
'550,000 in damages to the McCanns and ran a front page apology after a
High Court action.
Later that year Hill was replaced on the Press
Complaints Commission by Mail on Sunday editor Peter Wright.