Turmoil at Breitbart London


Guido understands that shock-jock firebrands James Delingpole and Milo Yiannopou‎los are both exiting Breitbart London. The return of Farage’s former chief of staff Raheem Kassam to Breitbart has left the two in despair, after they had spent nine months trying to move the site away from the hectoring Tea Party-style news service Kassam ran it as during his previous stint at the site. Kassam says the US-funded site will once again take a keen interest in UKIP’s affairs.

Rumour has it the two have retreated to the country to plan a new YouTube-heavy entertainment website of their own. ‎The walkout is bad news for Breitbart London, Delingpole and Yiannopoulos were two of the most well known writers on the staff and both are brands in their own right with considerable personal followings; Delingpole on environmental issues and Yiannopoulos with his unique combination of gender identity and video gaming expertise. Guido understands they are considering casual freelance contracts but insisting on no day-to-day responsibilities to “avoid ever having to be in the same room as Kassam” again…

The ever energetic Kassam more generously says “James and Milo have been fantastic columnists for Breitbart London, we wouldn’t be where we are now without them. I hope that despite the loss of editorial control they will continue to contribute to the site.” Delingpole had whilst executive editor failed to convince his US paymasters that Breitbart’s London contributors should be paid on time – in some cases for up to 5 months. Raheem’s return to the editor’s chair has at last seen writers paid and he reveals that his new star columnist, as of next week, will be one Nigel Farage…

UPDATE: A friend of Delingpole emphasises he constantly badgered his US paymasters on behalf of the writers and it was not his fault.

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