March 21, 2013 by newsgetting
The Mail on Sunday has appointed the first female sports editor of a national newspaper – Alison Kervin.
She is a former chief sports feature writer for The Times, was the chief sports interviewer for the Daily Telegraph and edited the London 2012 Olympic programme. Kervin has enjoyed a wonderfully varied career. A sports science graduate, she was in the England gymnastics squad before qualifying as a coach for no fewer than 10 sports. In 1991, she became the first woman to referee a rugby match at Twickenham. In 1994, she was appointed editor of Rugby World magazine. Three years later, she became publisher of IPC sports publications, overseeing Rugby World, Shoot, 90 minutes and Golf Monthly. And in 1999 she became rugby editor of The Times before being promoted to be the paper’s chief sports feature writer in 2003. She left, as a young mother, in 2006 to embark on a series of book projects. She wrote Sir Clive Woodward’s biography, and then co-wrote autobiographies with Olympic athlete Denise Lewis and England rugby stars Jason Leonard and Phil Vickery. She has also written a history of the rugby world cup plus five novels. For a year from 2008, Kervin was also chief sports interviewer for the Daily Telegraph. She take up her Mail on Sunday post next month, editing the paper’s weekly 24-page pullout sports section, plus its news section on the back pages of the main newspaper. She describes her new job as “an unmissable opportunity” adding: “I have no doubt we can take a very strong sports section to even greater heights.” Editor Geordie Greig, proud of setting a Fleet Street record, said: “Alison is a hugely impressive figure in the sports world with a sporting pedigree few sports editors can rival. “Of course, it really doesn’t matter whether the Mail on Sunday’s sports editor is a man or a woman – but I can think of no better candidate to break the mould than Alison.”
And for the Mail on Sunday’s next trick…
The paper is to launch a new “culture and celebrity” magazine, Event, from the middle of next month. The 80-page mag will replace the current 60-page Live. Greig, who calls it a “fantastic new magazine”, says: “It’s a modern one-stop shop for everything readers will want in today’s modern culture – film, art, TV, celebrities and interviews.” It will also include a seven-day TV and radio guide. He has appointed Gordon Thomson, a former editor of Sunday Times digital and Time Out London, to edit the magazine. It will be supported by a £3m marketing campaign. Rosemary Gorman, the Mail newspapers‘ ad sales director, describes Event as “an exciting new opportunity for advertisers.”
By The Guardian