Charles Wilson New Editor at Times of London
LONDON (AP) _ Charles Wilson, a native of Scotland who began his newspaper career at the age of 16 as a copy boy, on Tuesday was named editor of the Times of London.
He succeeds Charles Douglas-Home, who died of cancer Oct. 29 at the age of 48.
Wilson, 50, had been a joint deputy editor of the Times for the past year.
He is 13th editor of the paper, which celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.
News International, the group that owns the Times, the Sun and the News of the World, announced Wilson’s appointment after the paper’s national directors approved owner Rupert Murdoch’s choice.
Wilson immediately took over the helm of the Times, the flagship of London’s Fleet Street and one of the world’s oldest daily newspapers.
For three months at the beginning of 1984, Wilson edited the Chicago Sun- Times, which Murdoch had bought.
Just over a year ago he was appointed joint deputy editor with Colin Webb, who took over as acting editor shortly before Douglas-Home’s death.
Wilson also has been, since March, the editorial director of the newspaper group’s planned evening paper, the Post, which is to begin publication next spring.
Wilson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and attended Eastbank school there, according to a statement from News International.
It said he was 16 when he became a copy boy at the People, a London weekly.
He worked as a reporter in Walthamstow, served two years in the Royal Marines and then was a reporter for the Melton Mowbray Times and the Bristol Evening World.
At 23, Wilson got his first job on a nationally circulated newspaper as the News Chronicle’s reporter for southwestern England. When the paper closed, he became the southeastearn England correspondent for London’s Daily Mail.
He moved to London on the same paper and became deputy night news editor at the Mail in 1963. Wilson held a series of executive jobs at the Mail, including sports editor and deputy northern editor.
He then went to the London Evening News as assistant editor.
In 1976 he returned to Glasgow to become editor of the Glasgow Evening Times. For a short period he was editor of the Glasgow Herald while preparing to launch a Sunday paper, the Sunday Standard, for the same company.
In 1982 he returned to London as executive editor of the Times.
Wilson is married to Sally O’Sullivan, the editor of Options, a magazine for working women, and has two daughters and a son.