Indy Pol Ed Andy Grice Quits

Sean O’Grady, managing editor of the Independent, emails staff:

“After 17 glorious scoop-filled years, our friend and colleague Andy Grice is to step down as Political Editor of The Independent later in the summer. We all know what an amazing job he has done and the debt we owe to him. Happily, Andy will continue to contribute to our titles. Applications are therefore invited to fill some exceptionally big shoes.”

Retired rather than fired say Indy sources…

Guardian Sets Crude Example

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Saudi Arabia have come out in support of the Guardian’s campaign to keep fossil fuels in the ground:

The hated, oppressive regime which opposes everything our country holds dear, joins forces with Saudi Arabia…

No. 10 Hire Camilla Cavendish as Policy Chief

David Cameron has hired another of his Oxford contemporaries, Sunday Times columnist Camilla Cavendish, to do policy:

Cavendish did PPE at Brasenose College the year after Dave. Critics will be able to point to one more addition to the Downing Street old boys’ (and girls) club.

She is also yet another Policy Exchange graduate moving across to government, though readers will more likely recognise her being punchy on Question Time. She says she spent the days after the election “cycling with [Steve] Hilton through the sunny Californian campus of Stanford University”. And now she is in the wigwam of trust…

UPDATE: A fuller list of appointments via James Forsyth:

  • Ed Llewellyn – Chief of Staff
  • Kate Fall – Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Craig Oliver – Political and Communications Director
  • Ameet Gill – Director of Strategy
  • Liz Sugg – Director of Operations and Campaigns
  • Gabby Bertin – Director of External Relations
  • Graeme Wilson – Press Secretary

Mirror Faces Massive Hacking Payouts

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Mirror Group Newspapers have been ordered to pay out £1.2 million to eight phone hacking victims following a three week hearing at London’s High Court. The payout, averaging £150,000 per victim is worrying news for the Mirror who had one single reporter hack around 400 phones. If just 400 more people sue and that level of payout continues, the Mirror could be looking at paying out around £60m. Significantly more than the £12 million they have put aside… 

Trinity Mirror only made £102.3 million in pre-tax profit last year…

Daily Mail Political Editor Runners and Riders

With Mail Political Editor James Chapman off to spin for Osborne and not expected to write another word in the paper, the race to succeed him in one of the best jobs in political journalism is well under way…

The Daily Mail, more than other papers, likes its people to be Mail born and bred. This makes an internal promotion most likely, or failing that, someone with strong links to the paper. In light of that here are your current runners and riders:

James Slack
Daily Mail Home Affairs Editor

Slack was sent by Mail HQ to spend time in Westminster during the election and has also impressed as a leader writer, making people think he was being groomed for the job. Understood to be very well thought of by Dacre, but it is unclear if he wants this gig and to take himself off commentary. Experience in the regional lobby. Current favourite.

Jason Groves
Daily Mail Deputy Political Editor

Described by colleagues as “solid” and an “unflappable pro” with good contacts, but deputies don’t often step up. He will stand in for Chappers over the next few weeks and months, so has a chance to shine. Not to be ruled out.

Katherine Faulkner
Former Mail deputy news editor, now Investigations Editor

Faulkner is definitely in the running having a had some big hits during the election on NHS data. She was given the investigations job after attempts to poach her from elsewhere. While she has no previous experience in politics, that might be deemed a bonus if they want to shape coverage from Kensington. A woman in the job is certainly overdue…

Matt Chorley
Political Editor of MailOnline

Though web based, Chorley’s well researched ‘exclusives’ are regularly taken into the paper. He has been in the Lobby forever and friends say he is well liked internally. A good eye for fun stories but also has good contacts. Would trigger a messy power struggle between the paper and the website. 

Tim Shipman
Sunday Times Political Editor

After two spells in the Mail political team – including five years as Deputy Pol Ed – Shippers has spent the last year at the helm of the Sunday Times team. He already knows the Mail team and desk and has been re-hired once before by Dacre. Eminently qualified, but not cheap and may be having too much fun where he is…

Glen Owen
Mail on Sunday Political Correspondent

Would escalate the war with Mail on Sunday Editor Geordie Greig, but Owen is a hard hitter with a track record of scoops. An expensive outside bet…

Peter Dominiczak + Steven Swinford
Telegraph Political Editor + Deputy

Would Tony Gallagher be able to restrain himself from stealing from his old patch? Dominiczak would be more expensive than Swinford but both are solid hacks. After Christopher Hope turned down an approach from the Mail a while back, Media Guido understands it’s unlikely he will be approached again. Besides, why would anyone ever want to leave the Telegraph?

Other names doing the rounds are the Sun’s Steve Hawkes and the Express’ Macer Hall. Sam Coates and James Lyons of the Times and Sunday Times respectively are certainly qualified.

And now you know.

BBC Climate Forecast Three Years Out of Date

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The BBC’s Science & Environment portal has been directing today’s visitors to a three year old article on a report claiming that farming needs a “climate-smart” revolution. The 2012 article, written by former BBC Environment correspondent Richard Black, gravely told readers that climate change was “forecast to reduce crop yields overall” and only by slashing greenhouse emissions could this catastrophe be stopped.

Three years later the UN is reporting that the world has an over-abundance of wheat supply and year-on-year record crop levels. Perhaps that article is due an update?

UsVsB3lam: Former Journos Locked Out of Mirror Twitter

Last week when the Mirror canned their internetz projects all the online hacks claimed they weren’t being fired, rather things were just ‘under review’. Well it looks as if that review has now concluded:

They finally have the answer to who’s us and who’s them…

Guardian Coy on Coal Cash

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Alan Rusbridger is very coy about whether the Guardian makes money from fossil fuel companies, despite campaigning for the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation to divest their investments from them. In a recent Q&A, Rusbridger wriggled around the straightforward “Will The Guardian refuse advertising from fosil fuel companies?” question, claiming that his commercial director “didn’t think we took vast sums from fossil fuel companies.

Funny, then, that the coal mining company Anglo American both sponsors the Guardian’ssocial impact hub” and pays for a whole “partner zone” worth of “advertisement features” within the Guardian’ssustainable business” section.

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Anglo American is one of the fossil fuel companies in which the Gates Foundations invests…

Mark Ferguson Quits LabourList

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LabourList editor Mark Ferguson is quitting after five years at the helm:

“Editing LabourList for the past five years has been a huge honour. And although it is time to go, I will miss LabourList – and its readers –

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Chuka Aide Mail Briefing Unravels

Looks like another row is due between the Mail and the Labour Party after an unnamed aide for Chuka Umunna briefed out that it was their behaviour that so upset their boss, including a toxic claim of doorstepping a 102 […]

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Disingenuous Left Dog-Whistled Chuka Rumours

Last Sunday Chuka thrust his hitherto secret girlfriend into the public eye, at best it was naive, at worst it was a cynical ploy. While Chuka is blaming the evil press for being mean, he might want to have a […]

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Labour Spinners Rumour Mill

Ed Miliband’s spokesman James Stewart is off to make some money.

Tom Baldwin is out of a job but is still spinning away: Arguing with people on Twitter and writing conspiracy theory bollocks on the Guardian website.

Bob Roberts is […]

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