It’s all change after Custis’s re-shuffle at Sun Sport

The move to offices at London Bridge complete, The Sun’s sports department has been completely restructured by its new head of sport content, Shaun Custis.

Shaun Custis: has re-shaped The Sun sports desk
Shaun Custis: has completely re-shaped The Sun sports desk

Martin Lipton, the Daily Mirror’s former chief football reporter, has arrived at his new post as Custis’s deputy.

Highly-respected Lipton comes after 12 years on the road for the Mirror and before that the Press Association and Daily Mail.

Head of publishing Paul Hudson and his deputy Dean Scoggins oversaw the revamp of the production side.

James Brown, the former Sunday People sports editor, becomes deputy night sports editor under long-serving Andy Totham. Brown, who was at the People for seven years, had previously worked for The Sun on its Irish edition.

And Phil Gradwell leaves the Daily Mail’s online operation to join The Sun as production editor on sport.

Gradwell came through the Mail’s graduate scheme, starting as a sub-editor and working more recently in a senior position for online. He will provide digital expertise to colleagues who have previously been used to working for print editions.

“After what has been a major re-structuring of the department we are delighted with the recent appointments to our No1  sports team. There is no doubt they will ensure we go from strength to strength,” Custis said.

There have been many internal changes, too. Replacing Custis in the chief football reporter role is Charlie Wyett, who has the title of football editor.

Manchester correspondent Neil Custis is made deputy football editor while Tom Barclay has moved from online and is now Football League correspondent. Mike McGrath is senior Sunday reporter.

Cliff Hayes, a News of the World “survivor”, is appointed joint associate head of sport content alongside former deputy sports editor Ben Bacon.

Andy Haigh is assistant head of sport content, having been deputy website editor. Ali Martin has been promoted to deputy sports web editor.

As well as Brown, there are three new deputy night sport editors – Ian Passingham, Alan Addicott and Rob Bowden.

Passingham, who has been at The Sun since 2003, has been given a key role working on future projects. Addicott joined The Sun in 2011 after 25 years with Today and the News of the World.

Bowden arrived at The Sun in 2012 after four years on the NOTW. His area of expertise is to convert newspaper knowledge so that they are relevant to new devices.

In addition to Gradwell, there are four other new production editors, all of whom have been appointed from within.

Nick Fox has had 14 years on the staff and 11 years before that as a casual on The Sun. Former deputy chief sub Phil Bryant has been on the paper for 19 years.

Dave Bromage has been known to do some stand-up comedy, although jokes about his beloved Aston Villa may be out of bounds. He has been a sports sub for seven years on staff and five as a casual.

David Firth moves across from news and features where he has also been working as production editor. Firth, an expert in tablet production, was part of the inaugural Sun subbing graduate scheme eight years ago.


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