Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Exclusive: Angry Indy Staff Move to Strike Ballot

Though notice is yet to be served on the paper’s management, Guido understands that tensions over that the Indy are boiling over and the NUJ chapel has moved to ballot for industrial action. The latest round of cuts see 25 editorial jobs on the line and further integration with the Standard looms. In this round the cuts are only coming from the Indy. Derry Street sources are expecting a big majority on the side of strike action in the vote. One tells us:

“People are scared for their jobs but also for the quality of what will be left behind if this slash and burn exercise is pushed through. We already produce three newspapers and a website with by far the smallest staffs on Fleet Street, those of us left will be asked to do more with even less; not to mention this TV station.”

The anger is being directed at the very top:

“Evgeny Lebedev, who has backed the titles with huge amounts of his own cash, has constantly talked about quality journalism. We’ve always been heartened to hear that. I think a lot of people are now wondering how we’ll be able to produce it if we lose even more staff.”

All out!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

WATCH: Huffington Post Release Video on How They Dodge Tax

This video produced by HuffPo “Comedy” last year reveals all on “the perfect tax minimisation scheme”, utilising a “dedicated team of conscience-free accountants who each year loving nurture a crop of elegant tax returns on our behalf”. They would know… what with being based in Luxembourg in order to dodge tax.

H/T @ontablets

Kernel Bows Out

Punchy, bitchy and under the skin of the tech industry, The Kernel is no more. Its gossipy style made almost as many enemies as it won readers; it was certainly fun while it lasted. Writers should have been paid though and the baliffs came knocking. The niche needs filling. Plagiarists, deviants and entrepreneurs will sleep soundly tonight. 

Private Eye: Best Before End (of Last Week)

When Guido opened this week’s issue of Private Eye it took until the first article in the first column on the first page for him to find news totally out of date and already covered to death elsewhere. Their story that the judge who ruled in Samsung’s favour against Apple in a dispute last year is, naturally, off to work for Samsung, would have been a great exclusive had it not been reported on tech blog BGR a week ago, and the entire national press the next day.

Move over to the very next column and we have “news” of Peter Rippon’s new job, seen on Guido and everywhere else two weeks ago. Go home Gnome.

‘Mehdi Effect’ Grows: Another HuffPoUK Editor Casualty

Another day and another editor jumps from HuffPoUK as the Mehdi Effect strikes again. After two years in the job, original hire and Culture Editor Sam Parker is off to Buzzfeed to become their new UK Features Editor.

The brain drain continues:

Original reporters: gone.

Pol Ed: gone.

Culture Ed: gone. 

Is he worth it? Mehdi isn’t working…

Hacked Off Run Out of Friends

It’s all gone pear-shaped for the Leveson-loving press freedom bashers over at Hacked Off. Hijacking the Libel Reform Bill with Labour media luvvy Lord Puttnam to force through Brian’s bonkers proposals has gone down pretty badly with some old friends and supporters. Legal blogger and former Hacked Off fan David Allen Green isn’t impressed:

“As Leveson supporter (and witness), am sorely disappointed that Hacked Off are now misusing and frustrating crucial Libel Reform Bill. What right do the Hacked Off campaigners have to misuse and frustrate the essential Libel Reform bill? None at all, whatsoever. I was behind the Hacked Off supporters until they wrongly hijacked the Libel Reform Bill. Just so selfish, misconceived, and illiberal.”

He’s not the only one:

Guido was warning you these people were evil long before it was fashionable. 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Twitter Bitch Fight: Loughton v Lyons’ Back, Sack and Crack

Things got a bit unparliamentary with tetchy Tory Tim Loughton this weekend:

Eat your heart out Fabricant…

Read Guido’s Column in The Sun Today

In Guido’s column in the Sun today you can find out:

  • Which super ambitious Tory MP was drinking champagne when the Eastleigh result came in
  • Nigel Farage’s generous offer to Maria Hutchings
  • Why Chuka Umunna ran off the TV set on election night
  • Where Lord Ashdown was when he found out his party had held Eastleigh
  • How Tim Loughton is trying to embarrass his old boss Michael Gove
  • Lord Sugar’s new hire in Ed Miliband’s office

There are 21 political stories in the 50p Sun today. Politics for the many, not the few…

Friday, March 1, 2013

Another LibDem Peer Attacks the Media for Exposing Rennard

Another LibDem peer with his head in the sand; Lord Newby insists he knew nothing of Rennard’s randy ways. The party’s chief whip in the Lords told the Daily Politics the whole nasty matter will soon be dealt with, thank goodness, because “we’ve got a properly appointed detective now”. He might be loathe to admit it but Rennard would never have been held to account if it were not for the self-appointed detectives Clegg and co clearly despise so much. The properly appointed detective is five years too late.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Twitter Media Bitch Fight: Shippers v Owen Jones

The Mail’s Tim Shipman has just handed Owen Jones his rear end on welfare:


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