Dominic Mohan: Last man standing – Profiles – People – The Independent
Even when Dominic Mohan was at the very outset of his career, working as a cub reporter on an agency called the London News Service, he liked to tell people: “I’m going to be editor of The Sun one day.”
Described by one colleague as “desperately ambitious”, and by another as “fiercely ambitious”, Mohan has always known what he wanted to do in life. Having realised that ambition two years ago, Mohan now has the chance to edit The Sun seven days a week, having been placed in charge of the Sunday edition of the paper, which launches tomorrow into a space in the market vacated by the News of the World when it was dramatically closed seven months ago.
For a Sun editor, Dominic Mohan cuts an unremarkable figure. He does not have the gigantic presence and megaphone voice of Kelvin MacKenzie, nor even the noticeable physical traits of the bald-headed David Yelland or the carrot-haired Rebekah Brooks, who appointed him as her Sun successor in 2009.
Like Brooks, he shuns the television cameras and doesn’t do interviews. But while she has become a lightning rod for media coverage of the meltdown of News International, Mohan has succeeded in keeping his low profile.
When he finally appeared before the Leveson Inquiry last October, a performance which he is likely to have been rehearsing for many weeks, he was quite deliberately demure. “As editor, I have always been determined to foster a culture of honesty, integrity and high ethical standards at The Sun,” he said in his witness statement. He talked of the paper being a “powerful force for good” with a “strong moral compass”, and cited charity initiatives such as supporting the Help for Heroes campaign and starting a “Sunemployment” scheme to help readers to find jobs. Many in the Leveson audience were incredulous. “All the tabloid life had been dashed out of him,” wrote Simon Carr, this newspaper’s sketch writer.