As so often happens, who broke the story first is fiercely contested. Guido doesn’t have a dog in this fight, but for the record, since the Staggers is trying to cite Guido as evidence to back up its claim that it broke the news, here is the timeline:
11.57 am: Hot news: We’ve just heard that Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt are going to make some kind of statement about Brown’s leadership after PMQs. That’s all I know at the moment.
So there you have it. The Guardian was first, though in the augmented reality of the Staggers “It was the NS wot got it“. In reality, you snooze, you lose, it ain’t news.
Sparrow told Guido that “it would be nice to take the credit myself, but actually Patrick Wintour obtained the information.” Incidentally, Guido understands that ITN’s Channel 4 News has changed policy on breaking news. Whereas it restricted scoops to the 7 p.m. broadcast they now put it up as soon as they can on the website and tweet the link. A cultural change for a mainstream media source. Steve Hilton getting nicked was tweeted last night by Cathy Newman in advance of telly viewers being told.
It almost goes without saying that Guido tries to be first. If not first, fast. When inevitably occasionally wrong, not for long. We no longer have news cycles, we have news streams…