Dominic Mohan favourite to become next editor of The Sun

LONDON - Dominic Mohan is the bookies' favourite to become the next editor of The Sun, following Rebekah Wade's promotion to chief executive of News International.

Mohan is Wade's deputy and was formerly the editor of the Bizarre column, which has spawned the likes of former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan and Andy Coulson, the one-time deputy editor of The News of the World.

Paddy Power is offering odds of 7/4 on Monahan's appointment, putting him at the head of a list that also includes Victoria Newton, who has odds of 3/1, and Gordon Smart, who is at 12/1.

Naturally Paddy Power has thrown in some long shots -- although the chances of anyone taking up their odds of 500/1 for Jeremy Paxman replacing Wade are admittedly low.

Former Campaign editor Stefano Hatfield, who is now editor at News International's thelondonpaper, is at 25/1 -- slightly worse odds than Daily Mail boss Paul Dacre at 20/1.

Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power said: "Many tabloid journalists want their day in the sun but Dominic Mohan looks to be in pole position to be the next Editor of The Sun.

"Rupert Murdoch will no doubt give careful consideration as to who takes the reigns of his favourite newspaper -- which could make for an interesting betting market whilst we await the decision from on high."

Next Editor of The Sun

7/4 -- Dominic Mohan
3/1 -- Victoria Newton
7/2 -- Andy Coulson
6/1 -- Chris Pharo
8/1 -- Fergus Shanahan
12/1 -- Gordon Smart
12/1 -- Pete Picton
14/1 -- Colin Myler
18/1 -- Richard Wallace
20/1 -- Dawn Neesom
20/1 -- Paul Dacre
25/1 -- Stefano Hatfield
50/1 -- Kelvin Mackenzie
100/1 -- Ellis Watson
100/1 -- Piers Morgan
500/1 -- Jeremy Paxman