March 21st, 2014

Channel 4 News Economics Editor Runners and Riders

Faisal Islam’s move to Sky News means there is a much-coveted vacancy for the Channel 4 News Economics Editor. As ever MediaGuido gives you the rundown of some of the likely main contenders:

  • Allister Heath: The City AM editor’s columns are essential reading and he has a great knack at explaining complex economics stories simply, which will stand him in good stead for a TV role. He has made City AM into a respected and profitable newspaper. Is he enjoying running his own newspaper too much to want to work for someone else?
  • Rob Hutton: Bloomberg’s Lobby funnyman is a numbers guy who hasn’t jumped ship for a decade. One of the most well-liked people in the business. Has broadcast experience on the Bloomberg TV channel seen in dealing rooms. Journalese vocabulary will translate onto TV.
  • Ed Conway: Could the merry-go-round see Sky News’ economics editor replace the C4 economics editor who is replacing the Sky News political editor? Has impressed with his Budget coverage recently.
  • Liam Halligan: Telegraph columnist Halligan has barely been off the telly recently, offering a stronger insight into the Russia-Ukraine situation that just about anyone else. He’s had the C4 News Economics job before…
  • Dharshini David: Beaten to the ITV News business editor job by her Sky colleague Joel Hills, Dharshini will surely throw her hat into the ring for C4 as well.
  • Gillian Tett: The FT’s decorated assistant editor and finance commentator is another heavyweight contender. Guido suspects she has her eye on a bigger prize.
  • Becky Barrow: The Daily Mail’s business correspondent is another who had a good Budget. Bit wet for the Mail but could be a better fit at C4.

Guido’s inbox will no doubt shortly be sent more tips for the post.

You stay classy, Britain…

UPDATE: Maybe Dharshini’s bosses want to keep her:


  1. 1
    A Misogynist says:

    Gillian Tett gets my vote. gggrrrr

  2. 2
    Shooty* says:

    What a waaaaaaaaaaaaycist line up.
    No Economics Editor of Peace?
    Head will roll…

  3. 3
    News as Soap says:

    Liam did not seem like a C4Newsoid before – even less now

  4. 4
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

  5. 5
    Adam Ant says:

    Apart from those concerned: who gives a flying fart?

    Get a grip Guido, your column is too full of non-fascinating info about people changing jobs.

  6. 6
    Ed Miliband says:

    You’ve spoken for an hour and said nothing

  7. 7
    mickey mouse says:

    what about me?

  8. 8
    A Navel Gazer says:


  9. 9
    Steve Miliband says:

    Andrew Verity

  10. 10
    The Expansionist EU and undemocratic West says:

    I was shocked to hear an EU spokesman on the World at One saying that they would act to bring the Ukraine into the EU (and NATO).

    Do the present day leaders of the EU not realise that Ukraine has been regarded as the buffer state between the West and the East and it was always considered a No go area for NATO?

    I’m also shocked that the West is supporting a government in the Ukraine that was brought about by stone throwing thugs deposing an e democratically elected leader. It was an odds on certainty that come elections next year, that the government of Ukraine would have democratically changed anyway, so why did the West foment and support the illegal downfall?

  11. 11
    RED LEN says:

    Doesn’t Channel4 want one of our biased, re-cycled old TUC economists like the one we told the BBC to hire ?

  12. 12
    Cheez says:

    Halligan and Heath are too right wing for Clerkenwell set.

    Having lost Faisal Islam I suspect Channel 4 will trawl for someone who just happens who ticks all the boxes:
    – woman
    – ethnic
    – disabled
    – clueless on the economy
    – faux accent to sound street

    This places Dharshini David in pole position, she just needs a terrible car or skiing accident to clinch it.

  13. 13
    The unelected Cathy Ashton says:

    From the top.

    Yes, Yes, and Mind your own business.

  14. 14
    Googlebot says:

    You clicked and you commented. Guido wins.

  15. 15
    Labour Auto Attack Bot says:

    Apologist !

  16. 16
    The guardian said Snow was a thing of the past says:

    Most snow in hills in 69 years, says Hamish MacInnes

  17. 17
    Susana Dumpy Legs Reid says:

    Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me I’m pretty honest I’m pretty.

  18. 18
    jon snow is a cunt says:

    max keiser.

  19. 19
    Peter Grimes says:

    Allister Heath is far too capable, and therefore would be insufficiently Leftist in his analysis, to satisfy Ch4 in their mini-me BBC lies.

  20. 20
    Salford Chronicle says:

    Guido, any chances of the runners and riders to be the new cleaner on the 6th floor of BBC’s Salford offices?

    I gather Sue Gunthorpe is is the inside tip but Steve Obungu and Agnieska Nowak could be in the mix too.

  21. 21
    Catholic branch of Mi6 says:

    Accidents can accidentally happen.

  22. 22
    Cinna says:

    Or be arranged.

  23. 23
    Lord Stansted says:

    Yet another reason to vote UKIP in Euro Elections. The EU is becoming a very dangerous beast.

    Putin for Nobel Peace Prize.

  24. 24
    Lateral Thought says:

    Ed Balls may want to give it a go.

  25. 25

    Please accept a full refund and fuck off.

  26. 26
    visc says:

    Capable? have you read the Corporatist drivel he writes for the Telegraph? The man has flashes of mediocrity but for the most is a corporatist shill dressed up in pretend free market clothes.

  27. 27
    The Public says:

    I agree. He really needs to get a grip.

    He might like to follow up on the Stella Creasy biscuit scandal.

  28. 28
    Rip Van Winkel says:


  29. 29
    C.O.Jones says:

    I put my money on Sue Gunthorpe, she has an NVQ level 2 in public hygiene and has an ample cleavage which she sometimes lets “drop”.

  30. 30
    Vlad the deceptor says:

    Da !

  31. 31
    our leaders are wankers says:

    Our thugs like to hang out with all the other US and UKR thugs. It’s a thugs party!

  32. 32
    Love Labour, Not says:

    How about if D’iane A’bbott was hit by a bus ?

  33. 33
    was it something I said? says:

    You’re going to need a bigger bus.

  34. 34
    our leaders are wankers says:

    Tett is too smart for such a Mickey Mouse job. No evidence she wants to leave New York. Could probably do a Flanders and make mega bucks in the City or on Wall Street.

    Ditto Halligan.

    Probably ditto Heath.

    So you are left with the dregs. Nobody listens to Channel4 anyway.

  35. 35
    me me me me me me me me meeee says:

  36. 36
    C.O.Jones says:

    Oops sorry, placement is at the BBC, changes bet and places money on Steve “la derrière” Obunga AKA “Mincie”.

  37. 37
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Not another Channel 4 News bore.
    Requirements are bad teeth, forgetfulness, left wing, labour bias, free bus pass user, stupid socks, loud mouthed, arrogant.

  38. 38
    Fishy says:

    None of the above…not left wing enough.

    Allegra Stratton might though fit the bill (and Cheez’s specification – post #12). There are rumours that she may not return to Labour’s Newsnight when her mat. leave ends.

  39. 39
    Derrin Brown full time wanker & perv on Crap4 says:

    I do not watch CRAP4 news. So I could not give a shit which tûrd gives a pish poor analysis on the economy.

  40. 40
    Stella says:


  41. 41
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

  42. 42
    Chuka ( you can call me Harrison ) Urmunneyaround says:

    I tick most of those boxes.

  43. 43
    Steve from Fazakerley says:

    Who the heck watches Channel 4 anyway. Crap since they axed Brookside.

  44. 44
    the balmoral fetus munchers says:

    a obtuse reference there to one of the four horsemen. what is it? famine, war, pestilence and death. course it is meant in spiritual terms. like a targeted individual will first be removed from their family and friends. then the psychological warfare will begin, which leads to mental illness which eventually begets death… or should that be deaf? modern forms of water torture for example using sonic technology. david shayler for example, obviously got at. sometimes it is a lot more fun to destroy a person (like a whistle blower for example) over a period of years and publicly humiliate them then just shoot them in the head or see to them having an accident.

    should you be inclined to watch the footage of the day the princess of wales was buried in particular the 5 members walking with her coffin you’ll notice one of them doing something especially cath0lic and the other 4 not. the reason why the other 4 don’t do it is because it would have let slip their big secret.

    if big ears had married camilla and spawned with her the genetics were too close and chances are the children would have been mongs. but diana was further distanced genetically but of the same strain as camilla so you was the mare to breed with.and then dump. there is no doubting the fact though that camilla is cath0lic. and there is no doubting that the eu/nwo is cath0lic.

    this message is in tribute to all those who perished in the troubles on both sides. fuck you big ears. the notion that just on a fucking whim on the part of you and your inbred family hundreds of years of torment can be forgotten and whitewashed over is frankly pathetic and deluded. and your c0mmon purp0se movement is incredibly sinister (it’s a cult that uses scientologist type methods).

    cause the main problem with cath0licism is jesu!ts. the black p0pe for example. (now to get why there are 2 p0pes at the moment in the vat1can – they form a triangle).

    the mark of the beast is a implant that gets placed in a child’s head when they are young and consequently brain tissues grows around it. the chip can modify their behaviour and monitor thoughts. that is why there are mobile masts everywhere. it is the infrastructure for the technology. research “”. i know it sounds fucking crazy but it is a reality and they are using adults who had chips put in them when they were kids to invoke the n.w.o. it sounds completely sci-fi but this is the truth. the people behind all this are fucking insane.

  45. 45
    The quick brown fox jumped over lazy dogs back says:

    Channel 4? is that a new tv channel?.

  46. 46
    General Von Klinkerhoffen says:

    More deaths in London from TB than anywhere else in Europe. Hmmm!

    Apparently it is contrary to the Rights of Immigrants to subject them to Health Screening and X-rays to look for TB, BUT they do that in Oz..?????.., and Singapore and other more advanced countries, so why do natives of the UK not have Rights which might protect them from diseased foreigners who spit in the street and sneeze and cough with impunity in public.

    I suggest Europe hates us native Brits with a spiteful vengeance, and it is nearly time again for us to embark across the Channel and kick some snivelling Socialists who reek of garlic and Gauloises again.
    We do it every 50/60 years so I suggest immediate conscription and the commandeering of ” Small Ships”..

    They couldn’t beat us by invading, so they are trying disease. A well used mediaeval ploy.

  47. 47
    C O (Ξ7g) says:

    No peace prize for P’tin – unless you are being ironic about the one which was strangely awarded to the EU ? ;-)

    And why is the M’oscow Times asking this question ?

    ‘If R’uss!a Gets Cr!mea, Should G’ermany Get K’al!ningrad?’

    Such questions really should not be asked…

  48. 48
    A Reader says:


  49. 49
    Fuck The EU says:

    Fuck the EU.

  50. 50
    The EUSSR Marches East says:

    Putin had no choice but to act on Crimea once the EU made its intention to take the Ukraine known. Given that he has permanent Naval, Air and Army bases there it would be foolish to the extreme to let NATO and the EU seize them.

    The aggressor in all this is the EU. Be in no doubt.

  51. 51
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Hey G – i got’s me lots o luvverly emails from that bint Becky Barrow – oh dear Becky – wot goes around comes around and she thought it never would.

  52. 52
    ordinary member of the public says:

    This has exposed EU expansionism at it’s most ruthless.

    No other country with naval,air and army bases under threat
    would have acted any differently from Putin.In fact the Americans
    would have gone in all guns blazing.
    We don’t want Britain engaged in a ridiculous conflict against
    Russia.If Putin decides to turn off the gas- it won’t affect the US.

  53. 53
    jimbo says:

    Media luvvies love talking about media luvvies

    Real people not so much

  54. 54
    Balls-up says:

    Roses are red,
    So is my face,
    Labours budget assessment
    Was a total disgrace.

  55. 55
    average joanna says:

    Has little Owen applied?
    He’s a predictably boring lefty with
    no discernible talent and years
    of economic experience adding up
    his pocket money.

  56. 56
    Ed Balllls says:

    How do you spell cv? I need a new job after Wednesday.

  57. 57
    Alky, junkie, psychopathic, socialist thicko, prostitute fae Edinburgh city. Judging others! says:


  58. 58
    Tessie O'Shea says:

    Poor friggin’ bus!

  59. 59
    Caterine Ashtray says:

    Because they are unelected morons who know not what they do.

  60. 60
    Global Warming Fascist says:

    As in all things Climate Change we have a perfectly simple answer for this phenomenon. Just putting the finishing touches to it.

  61. 61

    “Allister Heath”

    God Bless you Guido. That has to be the funniest thing I’ve see here in a long time.

  62. 62
    melvin says:

    Faisal Islam was the only reason for watching C4 news after the headlines, shan’t bother with it at all now.

  63. 63
    A peasant passing through... says:

    But but but…. according to Sky News just now, the EU was awarded {awarded itself?} the Nobel Prize for “stopping Europe tearing itself apart again at the end of the Cold War”.

    Nothing to do with the EU helping itself to its own money then?

    Suivez l’argent, mes amis.

  64. 64
    A peasant passing through... says:

    Can I have my money back please? I spent a fortune on fur coats and long fleece lined boots, woolly undies and thick gloves to combat the coming freeze up we were all warned about in 1975.

  65. 65
    A peasant passing through... says:

    Sorry, but that has to take its place in the queue behind Moran, Chilcot, and PIE. Can you come back in say 12 years?

  66. 66
    A peasant passing through... says:

    Well done! You just invented a new kind of bus stop!

  67. 67
    A peasant passing through... says:

    So do most of the loony brain-dead left wing empty headed bimbos that park their backsides on the tv press review sofas every bloody day. Where to the tv PR depts find them???

  68. 68
    A peasant passing through... says:

    Is it now politically incorrect to call it the second coming of the Black Plague?

    Historians will recall that that was stopped in its tracks in 1666 by the Great Fire of London. May be time for a repeat, especially as the fire services now all seem to be part time volunteers anyway. All that is needed is a wee riot somewhere or other for it all to kick off nicely. Are we expecting another long, hot summer perchance?

  69. 69
    Feel the Vibrancy says:

    The C4 News that devoted three items and half of last night’s edition to issues affecting minorities:

    Skin Whitening – it’s all nasty whitey’s fault for oppressing them into thinking it’s a good thing. No mention of tanning salons and their use by the majority population.

    FGM – tricky one, they couldn’t pin this on whitey. They did, however, fail to mention it is exclusively a non-whitey thing and it didn’t exist in the civilized world before the invasion.

    Still Birth – to be exact, how certain groups are susceptible to it. Whitey sure wasn’t amongst those groups. Why isn’t more being done? Well, it’s nasty old whitey again. It seems we are not communicating with the expectant mothers due to medical staff not speaking absolutely every language under the sun.

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    “there is a much-coveted vacancy for the Channel 4 News Economics Editor.”
    No sh*t Sherlock! Then isn’t this an ideal opportunity to engage Watson (the computer)? As that mechanisum displays a level of competence eminating from combining independence with intelligence. A mixture of traits unlikely to be found amongst the human candidates.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    They have been trying to sign up Ukraine for years. The fact the previous regime kept incarcerating opposition politicians (like Putin does) was a slight blocker. There will be elections in May, Crimea makes it more likely it will happen. As for Liam Halligan, he’d hoist the Russian flag over Portsmouth, never mind some naval base in Crimea. As long as nobody there expects a third sovereignty referendum anytime in the next 200 years, they will probably do just fine.

  72. 72
    Owen says:

    It doesn’t matter that 16% of children live in workless households, because there are more children in relative poverty whose parents work, than do not.

  73. 73
    Nigel Garage says:

    Fuck it, they should just get some idiotic twat from the TUC. De rigueur I’m told.

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