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Patience Wheatcroft (born 28 September 1951) is a former British journalist who is currently editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal Europe.[1]

She previously served as editor of the Sunday Telegraph newspaper. She resigned from this post in September 2007 after eighteen months in the job and temporarily moved out of journalism. [2]




In journalism

Wheatcroft and her husband, Tony Salter, launched the specialist trade magazine Retail Week in 1988, and Wheatcroft served as its consultant editor until 1992.[3]

Wheatcroft has worked on several national newspapers including The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. After serving as Deputy City Editor of the Mail on Sunday, Wheatcroft was appointed Business & City Editor of The Times in 1997, and then as editor of the Sunday Telegraph in March 2006.

In 2001 she won the Winscott Senior Journalist of the Year Award, and in 2003 was London Press Club Business Journalist of the Year.

A controversy erupted in December 2006 when she heavily censored Christopher Booker's Sunday Telegraph column for 3 December, removing sections highly critical of Conservative Party leader David Cameron. Booker told his colleague Richard North: "I was told by the SunTel editor today that my item attacking Cameron is to be dropped. This is the first time such a thing has happened since I began writing the column 16 years ago."[4]

On 4 September 2007 she resigned as editor of The Sunday Telegraph being replaced by Ian MacGregor , who until then had been deputy editor of the Daily Telegraph. Reports stated that Wheatcroft was under pressure to integrate the Sunday paper's reporters with the daily newspaper's 24/7 operation.[5]

In other fields

Since 1 January 2008, Wheatcroft has served as a non-executive director of Barclays plc.[6]

Since 27 February 2008, Wheatcroft has served as a non-executive director of Shaftesbury plc,[7] a UK REIT with assets in central London.

On 8 May 2008 she was appointed head of the newly created Forensic Audit Panel by the incoming Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The panel is tasked with monitoring and investigating financial management at the London Development Agency and the Greater London Authority.[8]

Private life

Wheatcroft is married with three children. She is a lifelong supporter of the Conservative Party and her publisher husband Tony is a Conservative councillor.[9]


  1. ^ "Patience Wheatcroft to head Wall Street Journal Europe", Press Gazette, June 17, 2009.
  2. ^ "Wheatcroft quits journalism", The Guardian, December 13, 2007.
  3. ^ Dominic Ponsford and Zoe Smith "Will Telegraph Group find that Patience is a virtue?", Press Gazette, March 10, 2006. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  4. ^ EU Referendum Blog, Booker column censored, Sunday, December 03, 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2006.
  5. ^ Jemima Kiss "Wheatcroft quits Sunday Telegraph", The Guardian, 4 September 2007.
  6. ^ Biography of Patience Wheatcroft on Retrieved 23 June 2008
  7. ^ Announcement of Patience Wheatcroft's appointment from Hemscott Retrieved 27 November 2008
  8. ^ "Mayor of London announces new Forensic Audit Panel to investigate GLA and LDA". Greater London Authority. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2008-05-07.  
  9. ^ "The Media Guardian 100 – 87 Patience Wheatcroft". The Guardian. July 17 2006.,,1811773,00.html. Retrieved 2007-09-30.  

Media offices
Preceded by
Sarah Sands
Editor of The Sunday Telegraph
Succeeded by
Ian MacGregor


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