BY CHRISTINA FARRELL
A FORMER Catholic Herald journalist has been appointed as editor of the country's leading broadsheet newspaper.
Martin Newland, 41. was confirmed last week as editor of The Daily Telegraph. He succeeds Charles Moore, who is stepping down to write the authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher, Mr Newland, a dedicated fitness fanatic, was educated at Downside School, a Benedictine foundation. He gradu ated with a BA in history and an MA in theology from London University before joining 7'he Catholic Herald as a staff reporter in 1986. He joined The Daily Telegraph in 1989 and spent seven years on the news desk before moving to Canada, where he helped to launch the National Post.
He said it was a "privilege" to take over as editor. "I hope I can do justice to Charles's achievements,he said.
Lord Black, chairman of the Telegraph Group, described Mr Newland as an "outstanding
journalist" who would uphold the high standard of Rill Deedes, Max Hastings and Charles Moore.
Mr Newland served under the editorship of Peter Stanford while at the Herald.
He has been described by former colleagues as "a newshound arid very blokish. A real lad and a serious Catholic."
Jack O'Sullivan, a fellow journalist from Herald days, said: "He's a vezy level-headed guy. I thought he was only interested in rugby."