Guardian deputy editor Paul Johnson will retire later this year after 40 years at the newspaper.
Johnson, also the title’s head of news, business and sport, will step down in the autumn, staff were told yesterday.
He said: “In the time I’ve been at The Guardian – a very long time – there have been dramatic changes: a 16 page newspaper has become a terrific tabloid with a website attracting 10m people a day; the operation has literally gone global – and the commitment to journalism is as passionate as ever.
“I’ve had the incredible good fortune to work alongside the best, most committed editors, journalists and colleagues in the world. It’s been a privilege.”
Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner described Johnson’s four-decade long career at the newspaper since 1979 as “mighty”.
The pair are understood to have been close colleagues, with Johnson playing a key role in her campaign to succeed former editor Alan Rusbridger in 2015.
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