Peter Oborne Fired Contract Not Renewed With Daily Mail


Guido understands from a Daily Mail source that Peter Oborne‘s services as a columnist are no longer required. Oborne has been rampaging around broadcast studios for the last few days railing at the corruption of the Lobby and their “Downing Street sources”. His targets of attack included the political journalists of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, his now former employers. As yet this is officially unconfirmed. Peter is not answering his phone either. It is of course a Friday…

UPDATE: Alex Bannister, managing editor at the Daily Mail, gets in touch to insist that it is Peter himself who has decided to quit his column and not renew his year-long contract, which has entirely coincidentally come to an end in the same week he launched a tirade against his colleagues on the newspaper. He may still contribute pieces to the paper apparently…

UPDATE: Peter surfaces:

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Mail Rebuffed By Times Columnists

It is a good time to be a Times columnist. Smarting from having Quentin Letts lifted from their pages to be spread across News UK’s titles, Daily Mail editor Geordie Grieg is on the hunt for columnists to fill the inches previously filled by Quentin. He is looking to nab a Times columnist in revenge. Rumour is that Giles Coren has been an object of his attention, as has the well-remunerated Jeremy Clarkson. So far we understand he has been rebuffed…

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Daily Mail’s Financial Editor Organising Business Letter To Support May

The Daily Mail’s Ruth Sutherland is busy ringing round business leaders to sign a letter backing the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement. In 2017 the Tories internally banned the use of open letters during the election campaign, after the almost comical deluge of experts’ letters during the 2016 referendum…

This new letter, leaked to Guido, stresses that May’s deal is “not perfect” but that people and businesses should back it out of pragmatism.

Read it in full here, before it makes the Mail’s front page…

“The Prime Minister’s deal is not perfect but it is clear to business that politicians should back it as a pragmatic way forward.

The deal reduces short-term uncertainty, which has already had a chilling effect on investment, and clears the way for a future trade deals. The longer the possibility of a no deal exit remains, the greater the risks to investment and jobs.

We hope MPs will listen to the companies in their constituencies which provide jobs and incomes for the people who put them in Parliament. We urge them to get behind the Prime Minister’s deal so business can get on with its job of creating wealth for the country.”

mdi-timer 29th November 2018 @ 10:59 am 29th Nov 2018 @ 10:59 am mdi-comment Comments
Quentin Letts Gone from Daily Mail

Technically Quentin Letts was a freelancer, so he has not really been fired or resigned. His sketches for the Daily Mail were famously and brilliantly poisonous. Quentin’s not a fan of Theresa May and is an ardent Brexiteer – so very much out of tune with the new editor Geordie Greig. Quentin has of late been doing pieces for the Sunday Telegraph and he started out on on The Telegraph. Guido understands that Michael Deacon can relax, we are more likely to be seeing Quentin writing for The Sun and The Times. A source inside Northcliffe House tells Guido “Dacre will rupture his spleen laughing so hard”. Quentin is one of the hardest working and highest paid hacks in the business…

UPDATE: Guido understands Quentin will be doing a fortnightly column for The Sun, sketching for The Times and theatre reviews for the Sunday Times. Guido was outbid for him…

UPDATE: News UK have put a press release out quoting Quentin saying

“’It is a privilege to write for any newspaper, doubly so when it is as central to British public life as The Times, The Sunday Times or The Sun. I have had 18 busy and happy years at the Mail but am now excited to be venturing forth – and particularly to be returning to The Times, having been its New York correspondent several moons ago.”

 

mdi-timer 28th November 2018 @ 11:26 am 28th Nov 2018 @ 11:26 am mdi-comment Comments
Daily Mail’s Own Poll Found Public Backs ‘No Deal’

This is the most extraordinary front page of the Daily Mail’s new era under Geordie Grieg. It claims voters want Tory MPs to “rally behind Theresa May’s Brexit deal” based on a Survation poll.

What the Daily Mail’s front page has done is ignore the key result that Survation found. When asked to choose between Theresa May’s withdrawal plan and leaving the EU with “No Deal”, voters opt for “No Deal” by 41% to 35%. Extraordinary from Geordie…

UPDATE: The Daily Mail has made strong representations that our previous headline “Daily Mail Twists Own Poll Results, Public Opposes May’s Deal, Frontpage Headline Says Opposite” was unfair and untrue. On further reflection we accept that we were quoting from two different polls commissioned by the Daily Mail two weeks apart. We have now changed the headline and the content of this story. We accept that their front page story reflects accurately and truthfully data from the second poll. We apologise in particular to Simon Walters.

mdi-timer 28th November 2018 @ 8:55 am 28th Nov 2018 @ 8:55 am mdi-comment Comments
Geordie Bringing in Posh Deputies to Daily Mail

Geordie Greig has begun building his top team ready for his November start date as editor of the Daily Mail. Guido understands Greig’s two deputies at the Daily Mail will be current deputy editor Gerard Greaves and Tobyn Andreae, the Mail on Sunday deputy editor who is moving across with Greig.

Greaves, who had been tipped as a possible successor to Paul Dacre, has worked as Greig’s deputy at the Mail on Sunday before he was poached by Dacre to work on the Daily Mail. Prior to working under Greig at the Mail on Sunday, Andreae held a number of senior roles at the Daily Mail including executive features editor and editor of its women-focused section. Andreae has also worked as an editor at the Sunday Times.

The Daily Mail may be the voice of middle England, however its new top three sound as if they are from a more rarefied class. Greaves will be slightly ahead of Andreae in the pecking order, we have been told. That’s a Geordie, Gerard and Tobyn speaking for middle England. Can’t help feeling that Paul was a more solid name…

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