- Mirror Group Newspapers has appointed the Guardian's media editor, John Mulholland, as the new editor of the soon to be relaunched Sporting Life newspaper.
The 139 year old racing title, which publishes its final edition as a racing paper on Tuesday, is being relaunched in October as a seven-day all-sports tabloid.
The Sporting Life's horse racing identity will be merged with sister title the Racing Post, which will continue as the UK's only racing paper. With Sporting Life currently selling around 40,000 copies a day, MGN hopes that having a single racing paper on the newsstand will boost the Post's circulation from about 48,000 to about 75,000.
Deputy chief executive Kelvin Mackenzie hailed the appointment of 35 year old Mulholland as the beginning of an exciting era in the Sporting Life's history.
"The next four months will give us an opportunity to remodel and relaunch the Life as Britain's first, genuine all-sports daily paper," he said.
The relaunched Sporting Life is expected to create up to 80 journalists' jobs and the circulation target will be in the region of 80,000 -90,000 .