Former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been appointed the editor of the London Evening Standard, the newspaper's owner Evgeny Lebedev has confirmed.
The Conservative politician will succeed Sarah Sands, who is leaving the post to become editor of the BBC's Today programme.
Lebedev - who owns the Independent titles - announced in a statement (via The Guardian): "I am proud to have an editor of such substance, who reinforces the Standard's standing and influence in London and whose political viewpoint - socially liberal and economically pragmatic - closely matches that of many of our readers.
"George is London through and through and I am confident he is the right person to build on the fantastic legacy of Sarah Sands."
Osborne was sacked as chancellor when Theresa May took over from David Cameron as prime minister in May.
Meanwhile, the BBC's media editor Amol Rajan has claimed that Osborne had intended to stay on as an MP in Tatton.
Reactions on Twitter seemed to be that of surprise and shock.
Osborne pursued a career in journalism in 1993, but failed to gain a place on The Times trainee scheme, and was also rejected by The Economist. He later did free-lance work for the Peterborough diary column of The Daily Telegraph.