Charles Wilson (journalist)

Charles Wilson (born 18 August 1940)[1] is a Scottish journalist and newspaper executive.

Charlie Wilson was Managing Director of Mirror Group plc from 1992 to 1998, having been Editorial Director of Mirror Group Newspapers from 1991 to 1992. He edited the Glasgow Evening Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scottish Sunday Standard (1976-1982).

He was deputy editor (1982-1985) and editor (1985-1990) of The Times in London, and from 1995-1996 he was editor of The Independent.

He was married to the broadcaster and journalist Anne Robinson and they have a daughter Emma. He was later married to the journalist Sally O'Sullivan with whom he had a son Luke and a daughter Lily. In 2001 he married amateur jockey Rachel Pitkeathley daughter of Baroness Pitkeathley the Life Peer.

He was appointed as new Chairman of the Judges at British Press Awards 2006 as part of an effort to promote transparency and fairness in the judging process.

Wilson is the senior non-executive director of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he has made significant steps in assuring corporate governance. He is mentioned in the annual reports at the website.

A former Royal Marines boxing champion, he was feared but respected by many of those who worked for him, among them Matthew Parris, who cites him as an inspiration in the craft of journalism.[2]


  1. "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian New & Media. 18 Aug 2014. p. 27.
  2. Parris, Matthew (15 November 2004). "My Mentor: Matthew Parris on Charles Wilson". The Independent. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
Media offices
Preceded by
Charles Douglas-Home
Deputy Editor of The Times
Succeeded by
Peter Stothard
Preceded by
Charles Douglas-Home
Editor of The Times
Succeeded by
Simon Jenkins
Preceded by
Ian Hargreaves
Editor of The Independent
Succeeded by
Andrew Marr

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