Simon Walters Leaving Daily Mail

Simon Walters is departing the Daily Mail on amicable terms. His appointment as the Daily Mail’s assistant editor in 2018 came as he followed Geordie Grieg from the Mail on Sunday, where he had been political editor for nineteen years and won press awards galore. He is expected to maintain a close connection with the Mail even as leaves the staff. Simon started his career in 1974 at the Slough Evening Mail, was a parliamentary reporter with the Press Association, political reporter at The Sun and deputy editor of the Sunday Express.

The four times winner of the Political Journalist of the Year Award at the British Press Awards has an unrivalled record for fearless reporting with agenda setting scoops second to none. Guido’s not convinced he’s going to become a freelancer…

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Frontrunners for £2 Million-a-Year MailOnline Editorship

Lord Rothermere’s party at Claridge’s to celebrate 125 years of the Daily Mail, scheduled for next week, has been cancelled. So the opportunity for a lot of Mail intrigue and gossiping has been lost. Guido will make up for the cancellation by focusing on the subject of their greatest interest…

The most sought-after job in the British media is up for grabs with the announcement that Martin Clarke is leaving his creation MailOnline, where he is authoritatively rumoured to be on £2 million-a-year. According to Guido’s sources, it was Lord Rothermere’s intention to take DMG private that sparked Martin Clarke’s decision to move on. Clarke believes – not without reason – that if he had created a start-up media title as successful as MailOnline he would have made tens of millions; the billion dollar sale of Politico highlights the value of digital-native success stories. For Clarke, a private, unlisted DMG means no lucrative share options and the mere status of a very well-paid employee. Those few millions were not enough…

Clarke’s decision to go triggered consequential events at Britain’s most successful newspaper title. Rothermere realised he would now be in need of a replacement consigliere, so he decided to summon Paul Dacre back for that role. The promotion of Richard Caccappolo to become chief executive of the company’s media business was not significant in the firing of Geordie Grieg, contrary to reports elsewhere. Dacre demanded the ousting of his long-term enemy Grieg as the price of his return.

With Dacre back at the heart of the Mail group and Ted Verity in combined control of both the Mail on Sunday and Daily Mail titles, they will operate as an integrated operation. The remaining question of the leadership of MailOnline behemoth has to be resolved by next year when Clarke leaves. Guido brings you the runners and riders for the job:

  • Keith Poole, currently Editor-in-Chief of the New York Post, is a former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Sun who oversaw the digital edition. He also previously worked at the Daily Mail for over a decade, including as Managing Editor of Mail Online in New York, from 2011 to 2016. He is a strong candidate.
  • Chris Evans, currently editor of The Telegraph, is said to be interested – the money would be a raise. He did 11 years at the Daily Mail meaning it would be a return. He has taken the Telegraph journalistically in the direction of the Mail, and might have the right touch for MailOnline.
  • Gerard Greaves was deputy to Geordie at the Daily Mail and still, unaccountably, not fired by Ted Verity. Verity would be glad to get rid of him, though probably doesn’t want him to create a new power base at MailOnline. Also, Dacre loathes him and used to humiliate him in public when he was in charge. He was also previously the Mail on Sunday’s Deputy Editor.
  • Danny Groom is MailOnline’s long-suffering News Editor. He’s popular in-house, but has never actually run anything. Lots of experience of Martin Clarke bawling at him may, however, give him the management template to run the title in the style it has been run hitherto.
  • Tony Gallagher is currently Deputy Editor of The Times, waiting to step into the shoes of the Editor John Witherow, who turns 70 next month. He was the Editor at the Daily Telegraph who oversaw the MPs’ expense scandal reporting and was Deputy Editor of the Daily Mail before being appointed as editor-in-chief of The Sun. It should not be forgotten that he worked on the launch of MailOnline at the beginning with Martin Clarke.
  • Matt Chorley made his name as a political reporter at MailOnline by stealing stories from Guido unattributed and claiming them as “exclusives”. Currently doing a “comedy show” for Times Radio. He can dream.

Whoever gets the job will oversee one of the most-read publications in the free world…

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Mail and Sun Promise Kinder, Gentler Editing

The Mail’s deputy political editor Tobyn Andreae has told the BBC’s Media Show podcast that the paper wouldn’t re-run their infamous “enemies of the people” headline today, implying it was a mistake they’d try avoiding nowadays:

“I suspect not every editor makes their own judgments. And of course, it’s always great to be wise with hindsight; would Paul Dacre use the same headline again? I can’t speak for him. He was a tremendously gifted editor from whom I learned an awful lot. But it’s a fast paced newsroom. Sometimes mistakes do get made. I can’t promise they won’t ever get made again.”

Andreae defended “kicking down as well as punching up”, for example going after benefit cheats, and it being as fair game as the Matt Hancock scoop, though saying they’re in a different category and the paper would “balance that out in the way those stories are presented”.

Sun editor-in-chief Victoria Newton was also asked whether the paper’s “not averse to a bit of kicking down”, she parried:

“I’m not sure that’s entirely fair. I mean, I think I edit the paper in a different way to perhaps some of my predecessors. I make it my conscious decision to work with people on stories a lot of the time. And, you know I have brilliant relationships with many celebrities and their agents.”

Guido wonders what James Slack, the former Daily Mail hack whose byline was on the ‘Enemies of the People’ splash, would think of this discussion now he’s been poached by The Sun as their new deputy editor-in-chief…

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Correction & Clarification: Non-Skiving Mail Hack Accuses Other Mail Hack of Making Up Story

On Sunday, Daily Mail journalist Lewis Pennock was out with fellow football fans at Flat Iron Square’s beer garden in London. After celebrating the fact football’s coming home, sources tell Guido he did not turn up for his following shift.* No doubt linked to post-revelling after-effects.

His no-show somehow coincided with the picture desk adorning that Monday’s edition with a large, page 2 photo of his partying:

UPDATE:  A friend of Lewis Pennock at the Daily Mail gets in touch with Guido to say, contrary to our original report, Lewis had his time booked off. Which directly contradicts what the other Daily Mail hack who spun us this story said. Either way, a Daily Mail hack has made up a story…

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Our Good Deeds Are Being Punished Claims Daily Mail

The Daily Mail has spilled much ink today in order to boast of the good job it did on sourcing PPE, and downplay the 100,000 items it implicitly accepts were made in factories believed to use the forced labour of Uyghur Muslims. It defends itself on three grounds:

  • Only 100,000 pieces out of 42 million were sourced from the factory concerned
  • The Daily Mail has now ended the campaign anyway
  • It was for charity

We will never know how many factories in China use forced labour, according to human rights organisations the practice is widespread, with prisoners producing Christmas cards for Tesco for example. It is likely that millions more pieces of PPE sourced from China were also made using forced Labour. Whilst credit is due to the Daily Mail for bringing in PPE when it was urgent, that doesn’t alter the truth of the story. Their claim in the paper this morning that the revelations as to the sourcing are because “no good deed goes unpunished”, are a bit bonkers. Nothing thin-skinned journalists hate more than scrutiny of themselves…

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Daily Mail Sourced PPE from Uyghur Forced Labour Factories, Breached Modern Slavery Act

A New York Times investigation uncovered that Chinese mask manufacturers were exporting masks from factories that use Uyghur Muslims as forced Labour. Guido recognised one of the the companies’ names. Medwell Medical Products, which has a factory in Fenglin Town, Jiangxi Province reportedly has a workforce that is 25% Uyghur Muslim who sleep in company controlled dormitories. This video explains how the Uyghurs are forced to work in factories where they are indoctrinated by the Chinese regime:

Boxes clearly marked “Medwell” appear in photographs in the Daily Mail to accompany their “Million Pound Mailforce+” campaign – which show the cargo they flew in from Shanghai in pictures splashed across their front page.

Guido has contacted the Daily Mail to ask them to comment and request a copy of their Modern Slavery Act statement. By law the statement must set out what steps the organisation has taken to ensure there is no slavery in any part of its business, including its supply chains. Guido is not sure what steps the Daily Mail took with regard to the Uyghur Muslims being forced to work in the mask manufacturer’s factories.

Awkwardly the Daily Mail’s PPE campaign is currently a front runner to win the British Journalism Awards ‘Campaign of the Year’…

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