June 12th, 2013

Witherow Gets Axe Out at Times

Media Guido is hearing of big movements over at the Times. Witherow is, as expected, swinging the axe…

Roland Watson is out as Political Editor – he’s been told to apply for Foreign Editor apparently – a desk getting squeezed.

Cameron biographer Francis Elliot will replace him and Sam Coates is coming back  from the scaled-back business desk to the Lobby.

Guido is hearing conflicting reports of his job title, though it is expected to be along the lines of Deputy Political Editor or Associate Political Editor.

Some twenty newsroom sackings are said to be imminent.

In lighter news, the much missed Times Diary is set to return.

UPDATE: US sources suggest that Witherow has also axed the Times’ Wall Street correspondent with the expectation being that they will share content with the Wall Street Journal. The New York features writer has also been given the bullet. Developing…

UPDATE II: Guido understands no more cuts are hitting the business desk beyond Coates and the Wall Street correspondent. Apparently the brunt of the staff cuts are in sections with less affluent readers.


  1. 1
    Bob Dylan says:

    The Times they are a changing.

  2. 2
    Liam Byrne ( aka Baldemort ) says:

    But, Ed you dickhead, there was no money left…

  3. 3
    Badger spotter says:

    Are they shuffling the deckchairs at the Times, like at the Sun, because Plod is coming?

    You will soon be Editor in Chief Honcho of ALL of the Murdoch newspapers, Guido

    Was that the plan?

  4. 4
    Digger Murdoch says:

    Sack them all

    They lose me money

    and I hate England anyway…

  5. 5
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am making a Wicker Man

  6. 6
    Who are these corrupt hypocrites? says:

    I see, Liam, that have emptied the Treasury of cash

    You are now writing books about how to save the world

    God help the world…

  7. 7
    Pierced Organ says:

    Give me a call, I’m looking at the moment

  8. 8
    Who are these corrupt hypocrites? says:

    You are a dose of clap Goordoom…

  9. 9
    Rip Van Winkle says:


  10. 10
    Tony Blair (godfather to one of Murdoch's kids and filmed kissing Rebekkah) says:

    You don’t hate England as much as I and the Labour Party hate England.

    Another couple of years and we’d have really smashed the place, dontcha know?!

  11. 11
    We Don't Read This Sort of Shit says:


  12. 12
    James Murdoch says:

    I think I should be Editor of the Times

    After all, I have the credibility and support of the British people

  13. 13
    Windmills need Diesel says:

    More Green Madness.

    Two diesel powered power stations to be built in Plymouth to cope with fluctuations from the South west windmills.

    So Nice sunny days will be ruined by throbbing stinking diesels.


  14. 14
    Constant Brisket says:

    Me name be Constance Briscoe
    In the chambers they all shout Yo!
    Me changed me statement once or twice
    In my profession, that kinda ting does suffice!

    Hear me now, ireeeeeeeeeeee!

  15. 15
    Meedja Gweedo is as dull as dust says:

    In other equally exciting news, my local grocer’s store has had a reshuffle; the Saturday supervisor has left to run a shop in Colchester, and one the of the assistants is going to work half days on Wednesdays.

  16. 16
    mad, swivel-eyed loon says:

    If papers actually bothered to report the truth and give us factually well researched articles, then they might still be selling. But they lie and tell us such tripe and spin that the politicians want us to hear, so quite rightly they’re all slowly going to the wall.

    Far better material and better research on independent blogs and websites. It’s saying something when you find that RussiaToday gives you more truth news that our own MSM/legacy media.

  17. 17
    Caroline Lucas says:

    Thank you for giving me my fifteen minutes of fame Guido

    Just to say that I agree with Mayor Bloomberg of New York that wimmin should be able to run around town topless…

    It is our birth right…

  18. 18
    Squeaker and Defrocked Cicciolina says:

    We quite agree

    Free those titties, we say…

  19. 19
    Freebie says:

    The Times has ceased to exist. I can’t get it on my computer.

  20. 20
    Constant Brisket says:

    Me name be Constance Briscoe
    Me always like to go with the flow
    Laws they stack up a thousand feet high
    Changing me statement is easy as pie


  21. 21
    Lord Stansted says:

    Paywall not working? Well, there’s a surprise.

  22. 22
    Tommy Watson says:

    I told you it would all end in tears

    The Digger wil fire you all or give you away to Plod…

  23. 23
    With gratitude to Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Fred Tomlinson says:

    Ohhhh ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪
    I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK
    I sleep all night and I work all day
    I cut dead trees, I eat my lunch
    I go to the lavatory
    On Wednesday it’s jobs I’m cropping
    And then buttered scones for tea!

  24. 24
    Lord Stansted says:

    Hear, hear. What is very funny is listening to hacks say that there’s a lot of free rubbush on the “net”. Well, of course there is, but it’s free and therefore better value than the rubbish in newpapers like the Times.

  25. 25
    Constance and the Wig says:

    I am innocent

  26. 26
    Editor of the Guardian says:

    Murdoch should just shut down the Times

    and his other British papers

    They are lavatory paper run by crooks…

  27. 27
    Nicolas Cage says:

    Knowing you, it’ll be the shitty remake.

  28. 28
    Lord Stansted says:

    but not those of Lucas, C. (Miss) – please.

  29. 29
    The British Public says:

    You’ve been right all along about Murdoch, Your Corpulency; how could we ever have doubted you?

    We must be punished. We hereby appoint you Lord Protector. It is the only office worthy of your high moral scruples.

  30. 30
    Toby Young says:

    Owen Jones particularly excelled with the female of the species, and admitted he had a feminine side.

    “I’m very vain. I think I should have been born with female hormones. I love shopping,” said the Socialist tweeter, who listed an afternoon trip to the top shops of Knightsbridge and Chelsea as part of an ideal day,whilst quaffing Bollinger.

  31. 31
    The Pantry Boy says:

    I think you mean ‘lard’

  32. 32
    Andrex says:

    That’s a bit harsh

  33. 33
    Rupert says:

    Guido, get me old man out and give it a good polishing.

  34. 34
    Sally Barecow says:

    At least cover them up in a bed sheet, like wot any self respecting street slag would do, you hussey!

  35. 35
    the tinfoil hatter says:

    Special K

    Its a conspiracy



  36. 36
    Jess T Kwestion says:

    Were those last two words a euphemism?

  37. 37
    Fianna Fáil Hat says:

    Special K?

    Vitamin K?

    Agent K… although not O K.
    Invent on the indent.
    Men in Black 1 through 3
    Or at times
    Men in back.

    Silent Bob?

  38. 38
  39. 39
    Bez says:

    Fucking morons.

  40. 40
    Washout summer on the way as rain expected for a month says:

    Oh no… global warming is back again!


  41. 41
  42. 42
    Izal says:

    Like a bit of rough do you?

  43. 43
    CarryHole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Well the BBC somehow failed to show video of a mass of men in a racist attack on women!


    Rant on a bus. Massive coverage. Group Attack women. Silence.

    Obviously M+ beats Penis- in victimhood poker.

  44. 44
    The BBC says:

    There’s nothing happening in Ashton-under-Lyne. Nothing to see here.

  45. 45
  46. 46
    CarryHole is a porcine homunculus says:

    However men who look at said titties must be arrested.

  47. 47
    Can someone, anyone, tell me why this is a good idea? says:

    Not only that, the scammers are going to use biodeisel, which is far more polluting than ordinary oil based deisel.

    Depending on it’s source, they will most likely be burning food purchased in the third world to make energy in the first world, thus driving the worlds poorest, into even greater poverty and misery.

    Deisel particulates are carcinogenic too.

  48. 48
    The US Government National Security Agency says:

    And yet, somehow we do.

  49. 49
    Caroline Lucas ( lesbian ) says:


  50. 50
    Dweeb says:

    My brother-in-law buys the Times. Never reads it, just struts around making sure the title is showing.

  51. 51
    Judge Dreadful says:

    Innocent until proven guilty
    Trust sword of truth
    Majesty of the Law
    Mens Rea
    Twelve men and true
    Testing the evidence under cross-examination
    Burden of Proof
    Golden Thread
    Send her Down

  52. 52
    rick says:

    When is Britain going to follow the Greek example and ax the BBC.
    Apparently their lot was overstaffed by a factor of 8. I would imagine the Beeb is overstaffed by a factor of at least 100.

  53. 53
    You have been warned says:

    Never appoint an obsessive to anything, where they have control over anything.

  54. 54
    Samizdat Society says:

    You are quite right. Is it always so un-newsworthy in Ashton Under Lyme?

  55. 55
    Dave should resign now says:

    Cut down the windmills and build a nuke plant.

  56. 56
    What's it called again? Oh yes, lying says:

    What after last years record ‘drought’?.

  57. 57
    Rupert says; says:

    Synergy, synergy, synergy.

  58. 58
    Owen Jones, Alleged Poet says:

    The Judge and the Jury, separately try the accused,
    But when the accused is a Judge, will that Jury be confused ?
    One sitting, one standing, which one has done wrong ?
    The sentence will likely show the law is a mong,

  59. 59
    Silent Bob says:


  60. 60
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    European history lesson for Muzzie mongs:


    Keep it up lads, this night is getting closer.

  61. 61
    Backdoor job says:

    It’s the shit end of the stick for you my boy.

    When William’s finished with it.

  62. 62
    Never forget says:

    After their act of war on Bloggers by their spiteful exposure of ‘Nightjack’ the Times can go and Fuck themselves as far as I care. I’ve never bought it since nor will I the pricks !

  63. 63
    abdul says:

    Is Connie in the clink yet ? Today’s developments will add to the allure of her misery memoir’s update .

  64. 64
    abdul says:

    The Times ceased to exist some years ago … a dimwit rag with odd priorities and oddly lite in terms of content – in spite of all those badly designed little pages .

  65. 65
    abdul says:

    The Austrians now ban history teaching about the Siege of Vienna – when the moslem legions were finally beaten back – in case “”offence “” is caused to islamic pupils !


  66. 66
    abdul says:

    he Austrians now ban history teaching about the Siege of Vienna – when the moslem legions were finally beaten back – in case “”offence “” is caused to islamic pupils !


  67. 67
    Just Saying says:

    Turned on BBC World Programme at 5am day before yesterday and was shocked to hear a joint BBC and Guardian programme promoting the Guardian and its new digital initiatives including masterclasses at £400 at blogging etc. Where is Patten when you need him?
    Surely this is a total breach of the BBC mandate?

  68. 68
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Read the other week that the Telegraph as 500 – five hundred – journalists. Completely unsustainable, I’d have thought 50-75 would be nearer the necessary mark.

    I do feel sorry for the industry but it really si game over Player MSM.

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