The announcement was made in an email to staff this afternoon.
Hancock has worked at The Guardian for a decade, having joined from Wisden Cricket Monthly. At present, he is sports features editor for The Guardian, The Observer and guardian.co.uk.
He takes over from Brian Oliver who left last month after “13 terrific years in the role”, according to the announcement from the newspaper’s editor, John Mulholland.
UPCOMING SJA DATES
Tue Apr 5: SJA Olympic Question Time. Click here to find out more
Wed Apr 13: SJA 2011 Annual Meeting, at offices of UK Sport, Russell Square. Strictly SJA members only.
Wed Dec 7: SJA 2011 British Sports Awards – note the date in your diary now.
All details subject to alteration. Keep checking sportsjournalists.co.uk for updates