Times head of sport Tim Hallissey is retiring after 24 years and will be replaced by Sun assistant editor Les Snowdon.
Hallissey, whose departure follows shortly after that of sports editor Alex Kay-Jelski, joined The Times in 1995 as a sports sub-editor and was named sports editor in 2004. He was promoted to head of sport in 2015.
Hallissey said: “It has been a privilege to work with so many brilliant journalists on The Times sports desk and across the whole paper. I am particularly grateful to the three editors – Robert Thomson, James Harding, and John Witherow – who gave me the opportunity to live out the dream of any sports nut who just enjoys telling stories. Most of all I truly cherish the fun and friendships forged on the front line of the daily battle against such fierce rivals.”
Snowdon (left) has worked for The Times before. He joined The Sunday Times in 2000, where he was deputy sports editor and then Scotland editor. He joined the Mail in 2009 as sports editor and moved to the Times in 2015 as Scotland editor. He has been assistant editor of The Sun for three years.
Times editor John Witherow said: “I would like to thank Tim Hallissey for his superb stewardship of our sports department over many years. We will miss his warmth and good humour in the newsroom and wish him the very best for new adventures. I am delighted to welcome Les Snowdon back, a versatile editor with a terrific track record, who will drive our journalism with his trademark energy and dedication.”
Snowdon said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Times’ award-winning sports team, and to be working again for John Witherow. Tim Hallissey has put together a team of world-class journalists, and it is a privilege to be following in his footsteps. Working for Tony Gallagher at The Sun has been an absolute blast.”