Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Twitter Media Bitch Fight: Mandrake v Times Diary

One of the most catty twitter media bitch fights of recent memory. The claws are out between Mandrake’s Tim Walker and the Times Diary:

Ouch…

Another Fleet Street Editor Move

Another Fleet Street editor is on the move. Gareth Morgan is leaving the helm of the Daily Star Sunday to group director of digital content for Northern and Shell. He will overhaul the digital output for the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star, Daily Star Sunday as well as OK!:

“I have 22 years of experience as a journalist, 20 of those on national newspapers and 10 as a tabloid editor. But I have never taken on anything as important as this. The transition from print-focused operation to a combined digital and print newsroom is essential to ensure the future of journalism – the profession I love.”

 Guido wishes a fine gent well.

Indy Editor’s Email to Staff

As you all know, every company in our industry is being hit by two forces.

One is a recession which has hit advertising hard. The other is the growth of digital media.

All of you are aware too, that for the past three and more years, the Lebedev family has poured many tens of millions into their newspapers.

While we continue to enjoy their support, we must do what we can to save money and to make our business ever more efficient.

Unfortunately, this means that we must lose more jobs at Independent Print Limited. We envisage this will be 27, including regular casual workers.

On this occasion, these will be compulsory, on the current redundancy terms.

Other areas of our business are expanding.

On independent.co.uk, we will be adding 9 new positions, rising to 20 within 6 months. On London Live, our new TV station, we will be creating 60 jobs over the coming year.

It is possible that some of those leaving us may be able to switch to the website or TV channel. I must stress, though, that this number is likely to be small because of the different skill-sets they require.

Last Friday, I presented a proposal to the Board of Independent Print Limited, outlining how I believe, with these cuts, The Independent can be sustained in print form.

We will be producing a new-look Independent. It will be redesigned to make more of our strengths in analysis, commentary and longer reads. It will be very different from i and will be unique in the UK newspaper marketplace.

Together with The Independent on Sunday and i-paper, we will still report news, of course, and break exclusive stories – as we have done repeatedly in the past fortnight alone.

But across Home and Foreign News, as well as Business, Sport, Arts and Features, our focus will shift.

It is important to state that the Board of Independent Print Limited, and the Lebedev family, strongly support my proposal for the new-look paper.

They recognise that The Independent and Independent on Sunday have successfully merged to create a 7-day operation.

They recognise that The Independent is our flagship title, hugely respected both at home and abroad.

They recognise that it feeds both the i newspaper and independent.co.uk

But they also have a stark financial reality to consider.

I personally understand how painful the threat of redundancy can be.

Those at risk of redundancy will be contacted this afternoon. I hope that the process we are embarking on can be completed as soon as possible.

There is a real and purposeful future for all the Independent titles, but only if they operate within the budget which the Board of Independent Print Limited has provided.

We talked about taking questions at this point, but out of respect for those affected we will be contacting them first.

Anyone else who has questions please come to see me, Chris, Sean or Doug in our offices this afternoon.

Thank you.

Bradshaw Hijacks Murdoch Recall

20130710-083214.jpg The recall of Rupert Murdoch to the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee was a hijacking by Labour’s Ben Bradshaw. Though resisted by the Tories on the committee like Angie Bray, Conor Burns and Phillip Davies as well as a sceptical Paul Farrelly on the Labour side, the fact that Tracey Crouch was absent and John Whittingdale was unable to vote as chairman meant that the plan worked perfectly. The LibDem on the committee John Leech voted with his Labour chums.

Given that toady Bradshaw had refused to come back during the summer in order to interview Lord Leveson, Guido understands the same argument was made back to him and therefore Murdoch will not face the committee until the autumn. Just in time for the party conferences…

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Second Most Humble Day of His Life

Unfortunate Indy Picture Choice

27 Further Redundancies at Indy

Monday, July 8, 2013

Ever Seen Michael Wolff & Murdoch in the Same Room?

Telegraph’s Rowena Mason Off to Guardian

Friday, July 5, 2013

Jeremy Bowen Hit in Head By Shotgun Pellets in Egypt


Media Reader

Newspapers No Longer Willing to Toe Party Line | Roy Greenslade
London Live to Cut 20 Staff to Buy in More Content | Press Gazette
Telegraph Revealed Auschwitz 3 Years Before Liberation | Telegraph
Mirror Hacking: 50 Legal Action Claims | Press Gazette
45 Mirror Group Stories Linked to Phone-Hacking | Press Gazette
We Must Not Call Charlie Hebdo Killers ‘terrorists’ | Telegraph
Page 3 and the Art of the Self-Pity Statement | Guardian
Here is What a 7 Way Debate Sounds Like | BBC
Poll: Sun Readers Want Page 3 to Stay | Business Insider
The Sun: An Apology | Press Gazette
More Women Prosecuted For Telly Tax | Mail


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“We’ve heard a lot over the past few years about how Miliband has united Labour. But he has not united Labour. He has pacified Labour. He has placed it into a medically induced coma following the trauma of the party’s 2010 defeat.”


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