May 2nd, 2014

City AM Editor Runners and Riders

Allister Heath is off the the Telegraph so that leaves a major vacancy as editor of City AM. As ever MediaGuido gives you the runners and riders for the job:

  • Iain Dey - Currently deputy business editor of the Sunday Times, Dey is one of the names being pushed hardest. A former Business Journalist of the Year, he is seen as sound enough having been instrumental in his paper’s campaign to overhaul business rates.
  • James Ashton - Head of Business across the Evening Standard, Indy, Sindy and i, Ashton is also tipped to be a name to look out for. Might he leave a Lebedev London title for the number one job at a rival in the City?
  • David Hellier - Perhaps City AM will go for an internal hire and promote their deputy editor of nearly 8 years. Described as “a safe pair of hands”, Hellier knows everyone in the City and is in with the investment banking crowd, giving him knowledge of deals.
  • Marc Sidwell - Or they could give the job to their current Managing Editor. Sidwell is seen as a likeable and principled free-marketeerhe has strong connections to the world of think tanks.

MediaGuido’s inbox is always open for insiders with any more tips for the post. A gruelling job awaits for whoever wins the race…


  1. 1
    Ockham's Razor says:

    What is the pay?


  2. 2
    Shooty* says:

    No Diversity applicant? For shame. Who’s going to bring the coverage down to CBeebies levels, a la Kamal Ahmed on Radio 4?


    • 5
      Lenny Henry says:

      Divercity AM has a certain ring about it now all we need is a bl*ck one trick pony for editor.
      Lee Jasper perhaps.


      • 6
        In defence of Owen Jones says:

        Why not Owen Jones ?

        He’s gay, left, a chav and could be given the reverse Jackson treatment.


  3. 3
    £££££££££££££ says:

    max clitoris?


    • 17
      Ockham's Razor says:

      Max Clifford did frequently flex
      His member at the opposite sex.
      This diminutive act
      Proves, after the fact,
      De Maximus quod curat lex.


      • 23
        dai versifying says:

        gawd preserve you guv’nor – bet you’ve been waiting an age to get that one out


  4. 4
    C O (Ξ7r1) says:

    Agree with Arnie that Dave is a great guy.

    But great guys can be total mongs who do not make good Prime Ministers.

    Bojo is a great guy, but not a leader.

    Thought the ‘bikes’ in Western cities was some sort of UN Communist plot turned marketing gimmick.


    • 8
      Dave and Boris are Tossers says:

      Dave isn’t a great guy he’s a nasty piece of work who deliberately smeared UKIP with the racist shitty stick.
      Unprincipled opportunistic little toad who would have done just as well in a Labour government as a Conservative one.
      The only reason he didn’t stand for Labour is they have enough c*nts already and Blair didn’t want the competition.


      • 10
        C O (Ξ7r1) says:

        I think that much was lost in translation.

        In California, being described as a ‘great guy’ should not be taken at face value. In those terms they are very much great guys, but one is a significant mong and the other is emphatically not leadership material.

        Another good C word to describe both Bojo and Dave: Conniving.

        UKIP will prevail :-D


        • 24
          EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

          When i read the words ‘A safe pair of hands’ – well the US equivalent must surely be ‘A great guy’.

          “A safe ESTABLISHMENT pair of hands” – more like.


    • 26
      Anonymous says:

      Farage is not a leader – a charismatic opening salesman yes. His followers will disagree because they idealise him as something he is not. He’s a hopeless manager and would be David Brent in office. Suspect he doesn’t actually want to be a PM.


  5. 9
    Is money tight? says:

    Rumour is that Ed Miliband and 12 followers only bought one drink in Tart, Gloucester Road. Bristol.


  6. 12
    Rip Van Winkle says:



  7. 14
    Amjid Bashir says:

    why wasn’t I prioritised and short-listed


  8. 16
    • 22
      The shiny boot of British Fair Play says:

      “She had the courage to kick you between the legs”

      Well Done.
      That explains his funny walk.


  9. 18
    Maimed Codger says:

    Not a Woman in sight..


  10. 19
    Lord Stansted says:

    David Hellier would be my choice.


  11. 20
    Hedge Fund manager says:

    David Hellier would be my choice.


  12. 21
    Anonymous says:

    City AM, must be something that happens inside the M25. Who GAF?


  13. 25
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Note to journo hacks

    When you become the story – then there is something seriously wrong and perhaps criminal about the organ you are ‘contracted’ to work for … N’est Pas?


  14. 27
    catesby says:

    It doesn’t matter who leads the useless Tories they’re on their way out. Look at pro eu Boris’ sneering, dismissive attitude towards traditional Conservative voters over the HS2 issue.. Let’s get rid of Lib/Lab/Con.


  15. 28
    Anonymous says:

    None of them have impressed me with an unqualified commitment to the free market and the City. Without those values, clearl;y expressed, the paper will die.


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