Harmsworth to run Standard after Pay switches to NPD job

Ian Pay, managing director of the Evening Standard, has been replaced by his deputy, Jonathan Harmsworth, the son of Associated Newspapers’ owner, Lord Rothermere. Harmsworth is being groomed to take control of the newspaper empire when his father retires.

Ian Pay, managing director of the Evening Standard, has been

replaced by his deputy, Jonathan Harmsworth, the son of Associated

Newspapers’ owner, Lord Rothermere. Harmsworth is being groomed to take

control of the newspaper empire when his father retires.



Pay has headed the Standard since December 1995, after relinquishing the

managing directorship of the Mail on Sunday. He will stay at Associated

in a new role, setting up a new products division, which he will

chair.



It is believed the division will look at improving customer services and

explore the possibility of setting up brand extensions similar to those

of Telegraph Enterprises. The division will be based initially within

the Derry Street offices but Pay is understood to be looking for new

premises.



He was not available for comment.



Industry sources said Harmsworth was expected to take on Pay’s role, but

it had happened sooner than anticipated. Pay will report to Associated’s

managing director, Murdoch MacLennan.



Harmsworth joined the Standard in April from Courier Printing and

Publishing, where he was the managing director.



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