Friday, October 31, 2014

Telegraph Bloodbath: D’Ancona Out After 19 Years

End of an era for the Telegraph on two fronts today:

This morning’s paper also saw Tim Walker’s last Mandrake diary column…

UPDATE: MediaGuido hears bad news for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine as well.

UPDATE II: Seven magazine also rumoured to be axed.

UPDATE III: Telegraph source: “What the f**k are we gonna fill the paper with? Sheer vandalism.”

Comply or Die at Grauniad

Font consistency is peace. Standardised email signature is strength. The thought police at the Guardian have sent this diktat ordering staff to comply with their “clear brand guidelines” to be “ever so slightly ‘un-British'”:

From: Steve Hawker 
Date: 30 October 2014 11:19
Subject: Email signature and font consitency
To: ALL

Hello all,

In the first step of getting some brand consistency across the sales teams’ collateral and in order for us to be ever so slightly ‘un-British’ and make some noise about our recent achievements, I would like you all to read the below so we can implement a standardised email signature and also amend your font to the ‘PC standard’ Guardian font – Georgia. This will sit across Media, Jobs and Labs.

A more automated and jpeg based solution is in progress along with clear brand guidelines accompanied by official Guardian Fonts on every machine, but for now it would be good if we can ALL make this first step.

Only the Guardian could email their staff about font consistency and spell it wrong in the subject line…

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Talking Heads Should Go on Russia Today UK

The Kremlin-funded news network Russia Today has launched a UK channel this morning, promising to “focus on the issues that matter most to Britons”. Which presumably means anything other than Ukraine and the shooting down of flight MH17. RT’s own staff have previously accused the channel of being a Putin propaganda mouthpiece, so the move has sparked much debate among media talking heads:

Channels like Russia Today will still be there whether or not British talking heads appear on it, so Guido encourages commentators to go on and then subvert it. When Guido went on PressTV he named Iran’s jailed dissident bloggers then asked for his fee to be paid to Conservative Friends of Israel. If you’re looking for inspiration look no further than James Kirchick:

удачи!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Standard Doesn’t Declare Luvvie Love Interest

A very sympathetic double page spread in tonight’s Evening Standard, giving a generous plug to lefty playwright Roy Williams’ latest production. For some reason the piece doesn’t mention Williams’ other half is Fiona Hughes: the deputy arts editor of the Evening Standard…

Guardian Scrapes Barrel to Bash UKIP

The Guardian is coming in for a lot of criticism – not least from its own staff – for this piece by Jonathan Jones today describing the Tower of London poppies as a “fake… UKIP-style memorial”. It’s the most read article on the Guardian website today, seemingly because of the numbers queuing up to pan it. A quick look at readers’ responses suggest this sort of metropolitan Guardianista sneering is why UKIP are on the rise. It’s their equivalent of MailOnline clickbait, only less classy…

Monday, October 27, 2014

Telegraph Unveils Replacement for Sacked Staff

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Read Guido in the Sun on Sunday Online

In today’s Sun on Sunday Guido exclusively reveals George Osborne is set to party like it’s 1914: the Chancellor is guest of honour at a white-tie Downton Abbey Halloween Tory fundraiser. Read the full story here. Meanwhile, in Guido’s column this week:

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  • David Cameron’s trusted aide Ed Llewellyn wants to quit

SUN-PROMO-WACKO

  • LibDems go wacko with Jacko selection

SUN-PROMO-HAMMOND

  • Hammond memo leak reveals suggestion to change Foreign Office to “British Office”
  • Ed appoints soft on immigration McFadden to take on UKIP over Europe
  • Peter Hain’s stitching up his safe seat for Tracey Ullman’s daughter
  • BoJo’s Eton mess-mate
  • The Tooting tweeting UKIPper who wants to nuke ISIS

Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…

Friday, October 24, 2014

Judge Bins Much Mitchell Evidence

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Over at the Royal Courts of Justice the judge – Mr Justice Warby – ruled that 9 of Mitchell’s 16 previous incidents with police officers were admissible as evidence. A blow to Mitchell who tried to block the evidence being put before the Court. It got worse for Mitchell, he also banned the former Chief Whip from discussing “reputational damage, hurt feelings and the effect generally on Mr Mitchell of the Plebgate affair” at the upcoming trial.

Mr Justice Warby said evidence from Mitchell’s chums; Lord Coe, Sir Richard Ottaway MP and others expressing doubt Mr Mitchell would ever use the word ’pleb’, would be permitted. Submissions about Metropolitan Police officers creating fake witnesses were refused.

Mitchell will give evidence first, and the trial of the preliminary issues in the case is set for 17 November. Having switched lawyers word has it that Mitchell is directing his new lawyers closely…

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guardian Confirms Guido’s Gordon Outside Earnings Story

The Guardian have done a run down of the MPs with the biggest declared outside earnings. There could only be one man at the top of the list. How much of Gordon’s £492,331 income declared in the last Register of Members’ Interests has gone to charity?

See also: EXC: Gordon Brown Office Has £10,000-a-Week “Expenses”Raises Over £3 Million, Gives Less Than £1 Million to Charity

 

Quote of the Day

Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”


Media Reader

Smoker Taking Hit for Freedom | ConservativeHome
Comply or Die at Grauniad | MediaGuido
There is Still Appetite for the Westminster Lunch | Jon Craig
Jonathan Jones is a Tw*t | Iain Dale
Russell Brand’s Tax Avoidance Firm | Sun
Channel 4 to Spoof UKIP Election Win | Guardian
The Threat to Press Freedom | Paul Dacre
White House Scoop Strategy | Post
Licence Fee ‘Worse Than Poll Tax’ | Guardian
BBC Feminist Police Gag John Humphrys | Kathy Gyngell
Standard Doesn’t Declare Luvvie Love Interest | Media Guido


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