Chris Blackhurst

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Chris Blackhurst (born 24 December 1959) is an English journalist and media, communications advisor, who is a former editor of The Independent.

Since 2016, he has been a Director of CTF Partners, the international strategic communications, campaigning, and advisory firm, he also writes a column for He contributes to numerous other magazines and publications, as well as making frequent appearances on TV and Radio, and making public speeches.

From 2013 he was Group Content Director of the four titles overseen by Evgeny Lebedev.

He was a newspaper columnist for the Evening Standard and Independent, and presenter of Headline Interview on London Live TV.

He’s received several awards for his journalism. Blackhurst was London Press Club’s Business Journalist of the Year, 2011.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Barrow-in-Furness, Blackhurst was educated at Barrow Grammar School for Boys, after which he went on to study law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge,[1] he has said that his school instilled self-confidence in him and has argued for the restoration of grammar schools.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Blackhurst after graduation joined the staff of a legal magazine, International Financial Law Review, he moved to Business magazine, then to Fleet Street, where he joined The Sunday Times, working on the Business section, then the Insight investigations team. In 1990 he became City Editor of the Sunday Express, moving to The Independent on Sunday in 1992 as their Senior Business Writer, and then to The Independent in 1993 as Westminster Correspondent, he became Deputy Editor of The Independent on Sunday and The Independent then followed editor Rosie Boycott to the Daily Express in 1998, as Deputy Editor.[3] From 2002, Blackhurst edited the City Pages of the Evening Standard, until he was appointed Editor of The Independent in 2011.[4]

He became Group Content Director of the four titles overseen by Evgeny Lebedev in June 2013.[5]


  1. ^ Roy Greenslade, "Simon Kelner replaced after 13 years as editor of the Independent", The Guardian, 1 July 2011
  2. ^ Chris Blackhurst (25 May 2012). "Grammar schools educated people to lead the world. They can do so again". The Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ Rachel Baird "Media in Brief: Change of leader for Express", Press Gazette, 1 May 1998
  4. ^ James Robinson "Independent return: Chris Blackhurst's career in profile", The Guardian, 1 July 2011
  5. ^ Turvill, William. "Amol Rajan is made editor of The Independent as Chris Blackhurst becomes group content director", Press Gazette, 17 June 2013
Media offices
Preceded by
Martin Jacques
Deputy Editor of The Independent
Succeeded by
Ian Birrell
Preceded by
Tessa Hilton
Deputy Editor of the Daily Express
Succeeded by
Nicola Briggs
Preceded by
Simon Kelner
Editor of The Independent
Succeeded by
Amol Rajan