At the start of 1997, Parsons was editor of The People, when he moved to become editor of the Sunday Mirror. He subsequently became deputy editor of the Daily Mirror, in which role he introduced the Mandy Capp cartoon, derived from its existing Andy Capp strip.
In December 1997, Parsons was due to move posts again, being re-appointed as editor of The People. However, he was soon granted compassionate leave, and six months later his Sunday Mirror role was given to former editor Colin Myler. In 2000, Parsons stepped in to run Worldsport.com during its final months, while Alan Callan was unwell.
- Roy Greenslade, "Subbing shortages? Those were the days...", The Guardian, 23 August 2010
- "Hotline", PR Week, 23 January 1997
- Paul Slade, "Andy Capp: continued", PlanetSlade
- "Appointment Briefs", MediaTel, 11 December 1997
- Sophie Barker, "Media: In Brief - Myler will head Sunday Mirror", PR Week, 18 September 1998
- Amy Vickers, "Worldsport closed", The Guardian, 28 September 2000
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