David Banks (journalist)

David Banks (born 13 February 1948 in Warrington) is a former British newspaper editor.

Early life

He attended Boteler Grammar School in Warrington.


Banks worked in journalism through the 1970s, and developed a friendship with Kelvin MacKenzie. By 1979, Banks was assistant chief sub-editor at the Daily Mirror, then went to work with MacKenzie at the New York Post. In 1981, Mackenzie returned to the UK, and Banks became managing editor of the Post, but in 1983 followed MacKenzie back to work at The Sun as Assistant Editor. He led strikebreakers during the Wapping dispute.[1]

In 1986, Banks returned to New York as editor of the Daily News but, the following year, he moved on to become Deputy Editor of The Australian, then in 1988 Editor of the Sydney Daily Telegraph. In 1992, he returned to the UK to become Editor of the Mirror, then in 1994 became Editorial Director of the Mirror Group Consultant Editor of the Sunday Mirror.[2]

Later in the 1990s, Banks presented breakfast shows on LBC and then Talk Radio UK. In the 2000s, he wrote a regular column for the Press Gazette.[2]

Personal life

He married Gemma Newton in 1975 in Wales. They have a son (born 1982) and daughter (born 1979).


  1. David Banks, "My Mentor: David Banks on Kelvin Mackenzie", The Independent, 4 December 2006
  2. 1 2 Banksy's Blog: About David Banks

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Media offices
Preceded by
Richard Stott
Editor of the Daily Mirror
Succeeded by
Colin Myler
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