Gordon Smart, deputy editor of The Sun, is leaving after 14 years at the paper to set up his own business.
Smart was editor of The Scottish Sun and Bizarre Editor and was considered a future editor of the the tabloid. His departure comes just six months after he left Scotland along with Les Snowdon, who left The Times Scotland to become The Sun‘s assistant editor in London. Smart reported to fellow deputy editor Simon Cosyns.
In an email to staff, editor Tony Gallagher said Smart wanted to focus on his business and broadcasting career. He is setting up a company called Restless Native, but no further details were released.
Gallagher said: “Gordon has enjoyed a brilliant time with News UK spanning 14 years at the Sun. I’d like to thank him for his massive contribution to the paper, from running the Bizarre column to editing the Scottish Sun and most recently his time in London as deputy editor.”
In April, he signed up to take on a weekend show on Radio X, called Smart on Sunday.
He said: “My time editing Bizarre and the Scottish Sun have given me some of the most incredible memories. I can’t wait to take the next step in my career and start my own business, with more details soon.