March 6th, 2012

New Standard Editor Runners and Riders

With the surprise announcement on Thursday that Geordie Greig was jumping to the Mail on Sunday, Sarah Sands has been made acting editor of the Standard. Some suggest that if Lebedev had wanted to give her the job full time he would have just done so last week. Given the long handover time, speculation is swirling about…

Former London Paper editor Stefano Hatfield has apparently been making himself rather visible in the building in the last few days. He’s currently overseeing the “i”…

One theory is that Chris Blackhurst, one time Standard City editor, could return to push the button on the rumoured merger with the Indy. This would explain the decision to only create an “acting editor”…

The other name doing the rounds is Matthew d’Ancona. Currently a columnist on the paper, he would restore their national political clout and oversaw a record rise in circulation at the Speccie. If Guido was a betting man…


  1. 1
    Truth says:

    its a job for Gordon Brown!


    • 5
      Just Passing says:

      Wasn’t he all luvvy-duvvy with Phoney £rd Way B£iar in some way?


      • 6
        Just Passing says:

        - I mean Matty D’An


        • 13
          Anonymous says:

          Yup, D’Ancona was a big cheerleader for phoney Tone and all his third way scamocracy. Still is I imagine.


          • 81IIy 8owden i5 7he gre@test ump1re ever ! says:

            I am a Huhne


          • Anonymous says:

            Can’t quite remember the exact connection but his ex wife was employed somewhere in the Nu Lab axis of evil.


          • Ex-Tory says:

            Was also at Oxford with Cameron and is a dinner party mate. Hence, his sycophantic writings on the PM.

            The ES is just a free paper that only covers the interests of the media bubble elite. You are lucky to read anything about any area of London outside the white middle-class encalves inhabited by the political/media elite. For real news read a local paper.

            I doubt if anyone otehr than Guido’s small circle of media ponces give a toss, anyway


    • 11
      Gordon Brown says:

      Is the job well paid, plus expenses?
      Does it involve not doing the job in hand, but lecturing to an audience of three in Lagos?


      • 12
        Melted Snowman and chips says:

        Some people would have you believe that that is the recorded daily circulation of the paper.


  2. 2
    Tom Fatson says:

    What about me ?


  3. 3
    Steve Miliband says:

    In other news, Betty McGurrock to retire from the Caithness Courier


  4. 4
    Hey says:

    Guido or Neo-Guido, why no prizes for caption comps?

    Interns fault ;)


    • 17
      81IIy 8owden i5 7he gre@test ump1re ever ! says:

      yawn – a huhne by what ever name I use. It was a fake what won it for me last year.


    • 28
      illogical says:

      You are forgetting it is lent.
      Guido and Neo have sworn off beer to obtain that slim, healthy summer beachboy looks but they aint sworn off spirits.
      Forget prizes till after Easter


  5. 7
    ginger cawston says:

    richard wallace at the Mirror must be heartily sick of getting fucked around by Sly Bayley and her circle of inepts by now surely? if she’s not given heave-ho by shareholders in the next couple of months i’d say he’d be a good bet


  6. 9
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Who gives a fuck?


    • 26
      Anonymous says:

      Has Wibbly Wobbly Dave spoken out against the desecration of British war graves in Libya yet? Thought not…


      • 37
        amused little me says:

        What? He wouldn’t dare insulting his extremist friends. How long can the Tories afford to keep this brainless schmuck anyway?


      • 40
        I heard it on the BBC so it MUST be true says:

        Didn’t you watch yesterday’s Statement on the EU Council Meeting …a backbench Tory MP raised the matter during questions on Syria with Dave who utterly condemned this act said that Hague had already spoken to the interim Libyan Government on Sunday and that he,Dave,was meeting with the interim PM of Libya who is in London to-day and had received personal assurances that the perpertrators of this despicable act would be tracked down and punished. Further that the interim Libyan Government had apologised to him,the relatives of the deceased and the British People for this gross act of dis-respect by a minority who do not reflect the majority Libyan view(?)and that the desecrated graves and monuments would be restored to their former glory at the expense of the Libyan government and a guard placed on the cemetery to avoid a re-occurence……Dave was unsure whether the incident was linked to the burning of the Qu’ran by US troops in Afghanistan .Now whether you believe that that will happen is up to you of course


    • 35
      Lord Stansted says:

      +1 It is the dead tree press, after all.


  7. 10
    clueless says:

    Anyone know why Matthew d’Ancona got chucked out of the Speccie? All that guff about exciting new challenges was obviously garbage.


  8. 14
    don't vote for the bastards says:

    Is this really news. The DTP and their cut and paste jorno’s are not on our ‘must buy’ list.

    1/10 Must try harder


  9. 15
    • 38
      Selohesra says:

      I think the Guru is really 8illy in disguise


      • 50
        Lee Jasper says:

        Steve — are you already in the Caymans ?? .

        Come over here to New Micronesia . Not much going on but no Guido here!!

        ( and you can print your own passport of choice )


      • 52
        Ivor Tapeworm says:

        Hmmm… something going on in the Department for Education?


  10. 18
    Zzzzzzzz says:

    Blah blah blah Evening Standard blah blah drone waffle Speccie blah blah blah Indy drone drone waffle waffle blah blah blah.


    • 25
      Anonymous says:

      The radius of Neo Guido’s circle jerk becomes shorter every day. Soon it’ll just be him and his CCHQ handler yanking each other.


  11. 19
    Mordechai Vanunu says:

    “acting editor” – too right. You’d have to be acting to convince yourself the Standard was a serious newspaper.


  12. 20
    Ichabod says:

    Just been reading the Mail online account of the Rochdale teenage s*x grooming case–claims that it involved a thousand or so men , which is frankly not believable because it would mean that most of the Methodist population of Lancashire was involved…


  13. 21
    clueless says:

    Informative Guido but the picture leaves me in the dark.
    Rich and Mark?
    Geordie Gregg and Sarah Sands?
    Lebedev? Hatfield ? Blackhurst? d’Ancona


  14. 27
    i can see for miles says:

    God, you people are myopic.


  15. 29
    Mediator says:

    ‘Matthew d’Ancona’ That is a loooooooooooooong bet there Guido.

    You must of heard something interesting to justify some money on it.


  16. 32
    Geert Wilders says:

    We want to be the master of our own house and our own country, so we say yes to the guilder. Bring it on!


  17. 33
    Anonymous says:

    The government has announced today that, given the coming highly successful olympic games, monday 30th July will be national handwashing day


  18. 34
    Tony Shitfinger says:

    George Moboit is an interlectual spastic


  19. 36
    Lord Stansted says:

    Guido, I hope this blog isn’t becoming another media lovein. Anyone and everyone who works for or has anything remotely to do with “the media” is a total useless tosser. I haven’t bought a newspaper or watched TV for about 20 years – I recommend the lifestyle.


  20. 42
    Mark T says:

    The real significance of the new editor will be in the Mayoral Election. Andrew Gilligan successfully drew attention to the myriad failings and hypocrisy of Ken Livingstone ahead of the last election such that Ken has had his PR company (headed by one Matthew Freud) working assidously to ensure that the new propriator and his man Geordie Grieg have run a progressively shrill ‘boris is useless’ editorial line. Pure coincidence that MF also has a stake in his old mate Peter Kellner’s polling organisation and that their polls showing Ken doing well get pride of place in the Standard. Need to watch out if a Friend Of Matthew gets the job next…..


    • 53
      Anonymous says:

      Mmm… Yougov, now in what context have I heard that organisation named in connection with the Tories before. Ah yes, Stephan Shakespeare, its CEO, is a Tory supporter and regular contributor to Conhome. Nadhim Zahawi, another founder is now a Tory mp. Oh and Matty Freud, well he’s married to Elizabeth Murdoch, the daughter of you know who and also BIG pals with those Notting Hill wankers – dave and george.

      Progressive, fairness, green obssessed tossers – the whole fucking lot of them.


  21. 44
    illogical says:

    Miliband on the Alan Titmarsh show.

    New nose????????????????????


  22. 45
    Hey says:


    • 48
      I don't need no doctor says:

      Ian Austin MP – COMPLETE TOSSER.
      Nobody would sit next to Austin on a bus as he is one of the labour unwashed. Get a wash you shitty little man.


      • 54
        Anonymous says:

        Labour MP’s don’t use public transport.
        Like Lord Prescott, they prefer chauffeur-driven limos.


  23. 46
    Anonymous says:

    this column seems to have a very healthy interest in who got wot job….the blogs i read are currently doubled up with mirth about the failed banker/daily star link


  24. 49
    Low Standard says:

    The gutter press is of no interest to me.


  25. 55
    Luke Sideways says:

    D’Ancona looks so like Nick Griffin did he not date Tatler editor Kate Reardon until she bought a horse !!


  26. 56
    Anonymous says:

    no way d’ancona will get it. he is a disaster as editor of anything. he needs to stick to columnising. where he’s ok. no populist touch though.

    hatfield’s a joke. his londonpaper and i are both lowest common denominator rags.

    blackhurst is a good tip if there’s a merger on the cards.


    my money is on sands.


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