Stig Abell

Stephen "Stig" Paul Abell[1][2][3] (born 10 April 1980) is an English journalist, newspaper editor and radio presenter.

Stig Abell
Stephen Paul Abell

(1980-04-10) 10 April 1980
Other namesStig
EducationLoughborough Grammar School
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
OccupationNewspaper editor, journalist, radio presenter
Notable credit(s)
The Sun
The Times Literary Supplement

Currently editor of The Times Literary Supplement, Abell was the managing editor of the UK's Sun newspaper from 2013 to 2016. He was formerly a fiction reviewer at The Spectator and reviewer at Telegraph Media Group as well as The Times Literary Supplement. In addition to this he was formerly a presenter on LBC Radio.


Abell was born in Nottingham and educated at Loughborough Grammar School, and went on to graduate with a double first in English from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[4]


In September 2001, Abell joined the Press Complaints Commission as a complaints officer;[5] he completed other roles at the PCC including press officer, assistant director and deputy director before being appointed Director of the PCC on 19 December 2010.[6] In August 2013, Abell joined The Sun as Managing Editor, his role until the end of April 2016.[7]

In March 2014, Abell started co-presenting a show on LBC Radio alongside Sky News television presenter Kay Burley from 8 am to 11 am on Sundays. Burley was the main presenter while Abell reviewed the papers and added political comment.[8]

From August 2014, the show was co-presented by Abell and LBC's Petrie Hosken. In January 2015, he was given his own show from 8 am to 10 am on Sundays. From April 2016, Abell moved to the afternoon slot on Sundays of 3 pm to 6 pm.

In May 2016, Abell took up a new post as the editor of The Times Literary Supplement, succeeding Sir Peter Stothard, who had edited the newspaper for the previous 14 years.[9][10] He is a regular presenter on the BBC Radio Four series Front Row.[11]

In May 2018, he published his first book entitled “How Britain Really Works”.


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  11. "Stig Abell". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
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