NewstrAid announces David Dinsmore as new President

NewstrAid has announced that David Dinsmore will be taking over as President of the charity after their current President, Murdoch MacLennan revealed he would be stepping down after nearly a decade.

Murdoch MacLennan said: “It has been an honour to be President of NewstrAid since 2014 and I am very proud of all the excellent support the charity continues to provide to our industry and the people who work within it. I have no doubt that David will find the role of President equally rewarding and I wish him and the charity the very best for the future.”

NewstrAid CEO, Neil Jagger said, “We are so grateful to Murdoch MacLennan for being such a supportive President over the last nine years and are delighted that David Dinsmore has agreed to take over the role.”

David Dinsmore is EVP, Chief Operating Officer at News UK, the multi-platform media business behind brands including The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times, TLS, talkSPORT, Virgin Radio UK, TalkTV and Times Radio, which cumulatively reach around 40 million consumers every month.

In response to taking over from Murdoch MacLennan, David said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of President for NewstrAid. The charity provides essential support to those facing hardship in our industry and given the current economic climate, the financial, emotional and practical help they offer is needed now more than ever. I look forward to being part of this fantastic and historic organisation.”

As EVP, Chief Operating Officer at News UK, David is responsible, among other things, for News UK’s print, supply chain and retail partnerships, ensuring that millions of consumers enjoy their favourite newsbrands in print across the UK.

David is also responsible for relationships with tech platforms including Google, Apple and Facebook; strategic relationships with some of the UK’s biggest advertisers, and oversees News UK’s data, licensing and events divisions.


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About NewstrAid
NewstrAid is a charity which aims to provide welfare for people who are, or have been, employed in the selling and distribution of newspapers and magazines in the UK and who find themselves in hardship. This includes their immediate family and dependants who are in need or in distress. The charity has been in existence for over 180 years and counts Charles Dickens amongst its past presidents.

About Murdoch MacLennan

Murdoch MacLennan is a British senior media executive. He is chair of PA Media Group; Chair of Mediahuis Ireland; Chair of the Scottish Professional Football League; Board Member of the Competition and Markets Authority; Panel Chair of the Office for the Internal Market; Trustee of the Royal Museums Greenwich.

From 2004 until 2017 he was CEO of the Telegraph Media Group after which he served as Deputy Chairman and then Non-Executive Director until June 2018.

Prior to that he was the Group Managing Director of Associated Newspapers from 1994 to 2004. He has held a number of roles for publishing groups within the British newspaper industry and international bodies.

About David Dinsmore

David started his career as a reporter at the age of 22 on The Scottish Sun, before rising through the ranks to become Editor in 2006. He went on to hold a number of senior roles at Britain’s best-selling paper, helping to launch the Sunday edition, and was named Editor of The Sun in June 2013. David has been General Manager of News UK in Scotland, as well as Director of Operations for News UK, and was named Chief Operating Officer in 2015.