Esther Wemmers and Kamran Ullah have been appointed as new editors-in-chief of De Telegraaf. From 1 June 2023 they will succeed Paul Jansen, who will become the newspaper’s correspondent in the US.
Kamran Ullah (39) joined De Telegraaf in 2013 as editor of the video department. Later, he was head of video, head of news and news director. He was involved in setting up the current audio and video teams. Since 2021, Kamran has been deputy editor-in-chief. In this capacity, his focus is on digital strategy, including the use of data in the newsroom and reader personalisation.
Esther Wemmers (48) has worked in De Telegraaf’s newsroom since 1997, including as online news editor, reporter and head of reporting. She was also closely involved in developing the premium strategy, which involves putting certain articles behind a paywall. Since 2017, she has led the news direction editorial team, where she is responsible for content in the newspaper and on De Telegraaf’s online platforms.
Kamran Ullah: “It is a great honour and at the same time a great responsibility to join Esther in leading De Telegraaf’s editorial team. In the coming period, we will have to accelerate digitally as editors and engage more younger audiences. We will continue to do so with our recognisable journalism as our readers, viewers and listeners have come to expect from us.”
Esther Wemmers: “I am looking forward enormously to leading De Telegraaf’s editorial team with Kamran. Dutch people need a critical, reliable and in-depth news brand more than ever. Our journalistic focus will continue to be on producing sharp, revealing and high-profile news stories. To the point and at the heart of society.”
Rien van Beemen, CEO Mediahuis Netherlands: “I am proud that Esther and Kamran have agreed to take on the very challenging task of editor-in-chief of De Telegraaf, the most iconic media brand in the Netherlands. Paul, with the editorial team, has done a great job over the past eight years. Now comes a very challenging period for all dailies with the need to grow even faster digitally than we already are. Esther and Kamran’s experience and personalities complement each other tremendously, giving me and the entire Mediahuis group confidence that they are the best candidates to run De Telegraaf in the coming years. I look forward to our cooperation.”