February 12th, 2013

Exclusive: Indy to Go to Seven Day Operation
Standard and Indy to Merge Newsrooms


A memo has just gone out to Indy and Standard staff:

  • The Indy and Sunday editorial will be completely merged.
  • The Sindy editor John Mullin is a goner.
  • The Standard and Independent to move to the same floor.
  • A TV studio will be built in the shared newsroom.
  • Chris Blackhurst in charge of 7-day operation.
  • Redundancies expected. The Standard is making money, the Indy isn’t.



Standard staff are jittery. One source tells Guido:

“The Standard’s staff – editorial, commercial and management – have turned things around against all expectations in the last few years and don’t want to lose their jobs to save the hugely loss-making Indy. There’s excitement about the TV stuff, but no one really knows what it will mean.”


  1. 1
    SpAd says:

    Wow! There’ll be a tremendous fuss when The Indy’s 137 readers find this out.

  2. 2
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Is it still going?

  3. 3
    BBC says:

    Never heard of them

  4. 4
    A Firm Pair Of Breasts says:

    The media reporting on the media again…………

  5. 5
    OK for wrapping fish guts says:

    Are they going to invoke the heretofore-unused “readability” option?

  6. 6
    Peter Duncan says:


    Ooooh, paper no one reads anymore changes a bit.

    Edge of the seat stuff here.

  7. 7
    MajorFrustration says:

    Slight change of topic – is the BBC pro Labour and pro Catholic. So the Pope has resigned fine. We are supposedly a protestant country yet it seems the BBC still witters on about the resignation

  8. 8
    EU Watch says:

    The EU is a risk to the national security and economic interests of the UK.

  9. 9
    @jakepitt_ says:

    Seems fine in my humble opinion. Its a newspaper; the industry is dying and I would prefer this to completely shutting thew newspaper down. I’ll keep reading the Indy.

  10. 10
    Loony Left says:

    What do we want ? Owen on Sunday. When do we want it ? Now. ** Erm, Today is Tuesday ? **

  11. 11
    Steve Miliband says:

    Just an excuse for every programme to send reporters to Rome

  12. 12
    Point of information says:

    All well and good, but are not the EU trying to ban independence ?

  13. 13
    bergen says:

    Not surprised. The Sindy seems simply to be a hotel freesheet these days. I suspect that genuine sales are catastrophically low.

  14. 14
    Gay Fawkes says:

    Oy vey! Arbeit Macht Frei! Work for nothing, you English goy pleb scum, and eat your nutritious food from ‘Lucky’ Larry Goodman – Oirish, honest! – and criminal Dame Tessa Cohen’s Tesco.

  15. 15
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    After reading a discarded Standard I am of the opinion that it’s ridiculously overpriced.

  16. 16

    I think your horsemeat lunchtime pie had PCP in it, Gay.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Just like the Conservative party, or the LibLabCon Party to give it it’s proper name.

  18. 18

    One way ticket? After all, the age of consent in Vatican City IS 12, even in 2013!

  19. 19
    The Great British Public says:

    No comment on Duncan Smith’s illegal slave labour scheme, for his City funders’ benefit, you fat kosher cocksucking c’unt?

  20. 20
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    You are the soon to be booted out Lib Dum MP and I claim my 5 QE’d pounds…

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    and both offer views rather than news

  22. 22
    n says:

    well! about fucking time this nazi government werebrought to book!!!

    they can no longer treat unemployed people as if they were slaves – judgement that government action against unemployed is ILLEGAL – get that you fuckers??

    Government action against unemployed people is ILLEGAL

    now fuck off cameron and the rest of the nazis

  23. 23
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  25. 25
    Grammar School Boy says:

    Never figured out why its called the Independent…

  26. 26
    George wants to be 'Troy Tempest' Osborne says:

    My daddy’s rich, so fuck you lot!

  27. 27
    Sir William Waad says:

    Will they rename it ‘The Dependent’?

  28. 28
    Sir William Wade says:

    Nobody should be forced to work, but nobody of working age should receive any benefits unless they are willing to take whatever job is available that they could do.

    What else woukd be fair?

  29. 29
    Pissed up Tory researcher says:

    I’m YOLOing with Sally Bercow.

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    Lord Patten has no input on editorial policy.

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Do Priests bother with secular notions like consent anyway?

  32. 32
    Owin Jones says:

    I’m safe !!


  33. 33
    fat rong-un says:

    I see the depopulation scheme is working nicely what with the loony NHS trying to kill us, the loony EU trying to poison us, the loony Islamics trying to bomb us, now we have to deal with the loony N. Koreans

  34. 34
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    It seems working people should be forced to support scroungers = Not slavery
    Scroungers being offered benefits in return for work = Slavery!

    Who knew!?!

  35. 35
    So they'll have to declare their visits to Champneys? says:

    Police officers will be required to declare gifts, hospitality and second jobs on public register for first time, says home secretary

  36. 36
    yeah, right... says:

    Did slaves receive JSA?

  37. 37
    Leo Blair says:

    My Daddy’s richer.

  38. 38
    yeah, right... says:

    I wonder if William Wilberforce would have got out of bed to stand up for the rights of this speccy bint to get free money.

  39. 39
    CarryHole is a Dismal Hunt says:

    Are you talking about the partial-slavery income tax that’s funding the parasite classes?

  40. 40
    EU Watch says:

    Yes: But you have to cut the root if you wish to kill the weed.

    LibLabCon only responding to poison promises from Brussels.

    Otherwise their decisions are irrational, yet they are rational actors.

  41. 41
    Casual Observer says:

    Voluntary work is one thing, but being forced into work like this is very counter productive.

    Real workers who are wanting to stack shelves are priced out of the market, and pushing people like this into unsuitable roles is an example of capital mis-allocation.

    Ch!na gets away with slave labour, but does so by channeling the right people into the right sort of labour, and then not paying them.

    This ‘back to work’ solution is not a right wing solution at all. This is very much a misguided socialist solution and such practices were largely responsible for the collapse of the Soviet economy.

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    but he edits real………it……..eee. perhaps distorts inverts subverts.

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    .what is the working age….given that the prospect of living for (well upto 400,000 years) is here and now.
    what is to say that the average for humans was less than 400 years pre 7000 years ago.

  44. 44
    Billy from Swansea Dockers Club says:

    How would you like to come for a walk around the Docks short arse ?

  45. 45
    ?..? says:

    How many folk in this country actually give a fig about the goings on in Rome?

  46. 46
    ?..? says:

    .. and did you see the gloating, smug, self-satisfied look on the face of her lawyer? Is she another Hattie in the making?

  47. 47
    PC 38 and a bit says:

    Oh shit! No more free doughnuts guys.

  48. 48
    lojolondon says:

    I am not really surprised – the ES has become so left wing I presumed either they were owned by a communist or their desk had merged with the Independent!!

  49. 49
    Old England says:

    Have to deal with “Treasonous”woman soliciter,and a smug,immature graduate, with
    the type of attitude that has destroyed the NHS,(you know what i mean)..She should
    go far….no idea…

  50. 50
    Grrr says:

    I weep for the Evening Standard.

    A once-great newspaper now reduced to another Leftist comic blabbering on about corporations, the Tea Party and evil Conservatives.

    It was the once-great Standard that brought down the corrupt, racist scum Ken Livingstone while the BBC stood aside him and cheered.

  51. 51
    Grrr says:

    Yes – amazing.

    Why the BBC wants to talk about the leader of 1.2 billion people is beyond me.

    Surely there must be more Bafta gossip I haven’t heard.

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