Hugely popular news website Mail Online has appointed Fox News digital editor Noah Kotch as its new editor-in-chief.

Kotch will take over from Martin Clarke in July and report to the website’s founder from his base in New York.

Clarke will remain as publisher of MailOnline (known as DailyMail.com in the US) and Metro.co.uk while also becoming publisher of newspapers the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Metro.

Kotch founded libertarian news website Heat Street, which folded in August 2017 after just one year, and served as chief content officer of media tech website Vocativ.

He also spent five years as a senior producer on NBC’s popular Today show.

“We have been very impressed with the transformation he has brought about at foxnews.com over the past year,” said Clarke.

“We look forward to him building on the incredible success so far of dailymail.com/Mail Online and growing our editorial operation, particularly in the US and beyond.”

Kotch said: “I’m thrilled to join as brilliant an operation as dailymail.com and look forward to helping it grow leaps and bounds.”

MailOnline, which has newsrooms in London, New York, Los Angeles and Sydney, claims to be the most-read English-language news website in the world with 244 million unique users, 84m of them in the US.

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