Exclusive: Matthew d’Ancona to Guardian

Guido hears the Cameroon venerable bede Matthew D’Ancona is off to the Guardian, after the Sunday Telegraph‘s somewhat bizarre decision to wield the axe.

Islington based d’Ancona will fit right in.

Congratulations…

Rusbridger Emails Guardianistas

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Dear all,

This is to let you know that next summer I will be stepping down as editor-in-chief of the Guardian before succeeding Liz Forgan as Chair of The Scott Trust when she reaches the end of her term in 2016.

In February I’ll have been editor for 20 years. It’s been quite an extraordinary period in the life of the Guardian. In February 1995 newspaper websites were, if they existed at all, exotic things: we were still four years off launching Guardian Unlimited. Since 1999 we’ve grown to overtake all others to become the most-read serious English language digital newspaper in the world.

When I assumed the editorship in 1995, the senior team at the Guardian was debating whether we should switch to using colour photography in the paper. (There were quite a few distinguished voices believing black and white was the proper métier for news.) Today we are doing our journalism in words, (colour!) pictures, video, data, animation, audio; on mobile and other platforms and in social … and every possible combination of the above.

The past two decades have been marked out by wonderful Guardian writing, photography, innovation and editing. There have been gruelling court battles, dogged campaigns and tough investigations. The Guardian – always the outsider – has won a global reputation for its willingness to fight for the right causes. We have strong future leaders in place with unparalleled news and digital experience. We have built up – and banked – a considerable financial endowment to secure future innovation and build on our quality journalism. The GMG Board is prepared to invest significantly in what we do because of the extraordinarily strong global position for which we (editorial, commercial and digital together) have fought and won.

Each editor is told – this is literally the only instruction – to carry the Guardian on “as heretofore”. That means understanding the spirit, culture and purpose of the paper and interpreting it for the present. All that is only possible because of the unique Scott Trust, set up in 1936 to ensure the Guardian survives in perpetuity.

Since 1936 the Trust has always appointed a chair from within – in every case a member of the Scott family or a former Guardian journalist or editor. I’ve felt very lucky to have Hugo Young and Liz Forgan beside me and/or guarding my back. The Trust is one of the most important liberal institutions in the world and I was very honoured to be asked to succeed Liz as Chair when she steps down in 2016.

But the best thing about working here – the thing I’ll miss most – are my colleagues. We are a team and the strongest of communities – one which includes our readers. The community includes people from all areas, in and outside editorial. The Guardian and The Observer are bursting with extraordinarily bright, talented, brave, kind, knowledgeable, resourceful, imaginative, thoughtful and delightful people. I know our journalism – and our “perpetuity” – will be in the best possible hands.

I am currently visiting the Guardian Australia team in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra – another amazing Guardian success story – but I will be back in Kings Place on Monday and will talk to you then.

Runners and Riders for New Guardian Editor

  • Janine Gibson – Seen as the heiress apparent, this year Janine came home from the US to be deputy editor and editor-in-chief of the Guardian website
  • Katharine Viner – Replaced Gibson as editor of Guardian US, might she leapfrog her predecessor?
  • Emily Wilson – Former UK network editor of the website, now she is Down Under having taken over from Viner.
  • Dan Sabbagh – 94/1
  • Amol Rajan – Time for a person of colour?
  • James Ball – Has written every story of significance in the Guardian for the last 10 years, or so he claims.
  • Edward Snowden – You can run a paper from Skype, right?
  • Frank Fisher – Right-wing legend who writes most of Comment is Free (in the comments).
  • Russell Brand – King of the C U Next Tuesdays.
  • Jonathan Freedland – Sound on Palestine.
  • Ian Katz – Return of the Prince from the Guardian’s broadcasting arm.

Surely it’s time for the Guardian to have their first non-private school educated editor? 

Rusbridger Out

The Indy say he’s quitting as Guardian editor in the summer.

Presumably he’s off to Buzzfeed…

UPDATE:

Guardian Let Hubby Write Secret Puff Piece for Wife

Guido thought this deserved a wider audience:

The Guardian failed to disclose that the author of an article, Sunil Khilnani, is married to the subject of his feature story, Katherine Boo. Khilnani’s article in The Guardian reports on the adaptation of Boo’s book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, into a theater production, her research for the book, as well as the economic issues in India. Boo published the non-fiction account of life in the Mumbai slums in 2012. At the bottom of the article, the only disclosure for Khilnani is that he is “the author of The Idea of India.”

iMediaEthics e-mailed The Guardian to ask why there was no disclosure of the conflict of interest. As of publication, we haven’t heard back from the newspaper. However, by 3:30 PM EST, the following disclosure has been added to the article:

“Sunil Khilnani is the author of The Idea of India and is the husband of Katherine Boo.

“The footnote was amended on 16 November 2014 to include the fact that the author is married to Katherine Boo, in line with the Guardian’s editorial code.”

Naughty.

Comply or Die at Grauniad

Font consistency is peace. Standardised email signature is strength. The thought police at the Guardian have sent this diktat ordering staff to comply with their “clear brand guidelines” to be “ever so slightly ‘un-British'”:

From: Steve Hawker 
Date: 30 October 2014 11:19
Subject: Email signature and font consitency
To: ALL

Hello all,

In the first step of getting some brand consistency across the sales teams’ collateral and in order for us to be ever so slightly ‘un-British’ and make some noise about our recent achievements, I would like you all to read the below so we can implement a standardised email signature and also amend your font to the ‘PC standard’ Guardian font – Georgia. This will sit across Media, Jobs and Labs.

A more automated and jpeg based solution is in progress along with clear brand guidelines accompanied by official Guardian Fonts on every machine, but for now it would be good if we can ALL make this first step.

Only the Guardian could email their staff about font consistency and spell it wrong in the subject line…

Guardian Scrapes Barrel to Bash UKIP

The Guardian is coming in for a lot of criticism – not least from its own staff – for this piece by Jonathan Jones today describing the Tower of London poppies as a “fake… UKIP-style memorial”. It’s the most read article on the Guardian website today, seemingly because of the numbers queuing up to pan it. A quick look at readers’ responses suggest this sort of metropolitan Guardianista sneering is why UKIP are on the rise. It’s their equivalent of MailOnline clickbait, only less classy…

Guardian Confirms Guido’s Gordon Outside Earnings Story

The Guardian have done a run down of the MPs with the biggest declared outside earnings. There could only be one man at the top of the list. How much of Gordon’s £492,331 income declared in the last Register of Members’ Interests has gone to charity?

See also: EXC: Gordon Brown Office Has £10,000-a-Week “Expenses”Raises Over £3 Million, Gives Less Than £1 Million to Charity

 

Tax Avoiding Guardian Sets Up Rival to Tax Avoiding Amazon

Are you a bookworm who can’t bring yourself to boost the profits of a nasty offshore tax-avoiding corporation? Alan Rusbridger has a suggestion for you:

Of course the anti-Amazon Guardian bookshop neglects to mention to potential customers that the newspaper’s offices are owned offshore. Nor do they disclose their owner’s use of a Caymans Islands corporation to avoid stamp duty. Nor that for three quarters of a century the Guardian has been shirking taxes. Even worse, the first thing that appears when you click on the website is Russell Brand’s face…

WATCH: Farage-Gasm Descends Into Lynch Mob

Douglas Carswell didn’t fancy answering questions about Farage’s suggestion that immigrants with HIV should be banned from Britain, though not for the want of trying of the Guardian’s Nick Watt. UKIP’s new MP managed to deflect being reminded “Douglas your father was a pioneer! Your father was a pioneer in discovering aids!” by talking about Australian points systems. A party advocating a free NHS for all comers worldwide on the doorstep will lose a lot of votes…

Via @liarpoliticans.

Leaders' Wives: Guidoian Edition

The bedwetters always complain about Guido’s fashion focused Leaders’ Wives conference coverage, yet the posts are always very popular and widely shared. More often or not they are followed up by the popular press. Today, Guido was particularly amused to see the not so popular Guardian’s Conference Diary by Sir Michael White, with a little help from Imogen Fox the deputy fashion editor, joining in on this important angle:

“Wilfully simple and unambiguously blue. The sartorial advisers for the leader’s speech had clearly opened the Farrow & Ball blue paint chart and locked the parameters at parma gray and drawing-room blue. How happy must they have been that the steel pillars at Birmingham’s the ICC fitted into the scheme. All the better to choreograph the image of David walking in his anonymous dark navy suit and matching tie (pitch blue, possibly?) holding hands with Samantha in her parma gray Hobbs sleeveless dress.”

Enough of the moaning. The readers want it…

Labour Supporting Columnists Have Their Say on Ed's Speech

The nasty left wing press really should stop these personal attacks…

Media Bitch Fight of the Week: Rayner Batters Monbiot

The Guardian’s George Monbiot has finally met his nemo-sis. Eel be sorry for carping on at Observer food writer Jay Rayner, who took the oppor-tuna-ty to put Moon-bait in his plaice over his roe-ful dictat on fish (sic). As soon as Guido spotted them going at it like a couple of old fishwives, he was hooked by the sheer scale of the fight. His jokes wearing fin, Monbiot was soon left floundering. Cod not have happened to a nicer guy. 

Some may say the sole reason Guido did this post was for the puns, but bass-ically he did it just for the hallibut…

Via @lawrencedonegan

Hugh Muir No More

Hugh Muir’s Guardian diary has been discontinued after seven years:

“It’s been a glorious responsibility, but it’s time to shoulder another. Our diary will also take a rest. In its place from next week, the world seen through different eyes in a new column.”

It is a little known fact that perennial Boris basher Muir was in the pay of Ken Livingstone back when he was Mayor. Guido however prefers to reflect on his more amusing scoops, such as Nick Boles “creating photoshopped pictures of Labour politicians”, “when ministerial duties allow”, which came much to the surprise of the well-known parody @GeneralBoles. Bring back Marina Hyde…

Huhne's Guardian Column Shelved

Chris Huhne’s Guardian column is no more. Guido will remember it for such fine polemical contributions to the political discourse as when he accused the Sun of making up fictional stories, how “tabloid-fuelled schadenfreude” drives the nation’s prison obsession, and his analysis of the Prime Minister’s “sincerity“. Then there was Huhne’s article accusing the Tories of “psychosis“, and the time he tried to convince us “I’ve played my own part in giving MPs a bad name, but ultimately it’s Rupert Murdoch’s media machine that corrodes public trust best of the lot”. Best of all, who can forget the greatest Huhne column quote of all: “whatever happened to loyalty? Best of luck with whatever you decide to do next…

Patron-ising Guardian Rip Off

Alan Rusbridger has gone all Bob ‘give us your f**king money’ Geldof. “Care deeply about the Guardian’s journalism and the impact it has on the world?” Then give them all your dosh.

For a whopping £60 per month – or almost 3% of the average person’s annual income – you can tour their newsroom and visit their printing presses by becoming a Guardian Patron:

“From campaigning on issues affecting the voices less heard to holding those in power to account, Patrons ensure the Guardian can continue to surface the information and ideas that shape the global conversation.”

So they’ve had to resort to a whip around…

Guardian Elitism

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Worrying report in the Guardian today that Britain is “deeply elitist” because people educated at public school and Oxbridge have in effect created a “closed shop at the top”, according to a study by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. The study of the social background of those “running Britain” was the most detailed of its kind ever undertaken and showed that elitism was so embedded in Britain “that it could be called ‘social engineering’.” Terrible…

The Guardian’s editor Alan Rusbridger (Cranleigh and Magdalene College, Cambridge) is no doubt aware that the progressive paper has never had an editor who was not a privately educated, white male. The key to changing that in the future is the young writing talent they hire today. Owen Jones (University College, Oxford) and Archie Bland (Winchester and Emmanuel College, Cambridge) are two of his latest hires. Change is going to be a long time coming…

Gender Segregated Editorial Meeting at Guardian

The patriarchal norm of heteronormative gender oppression at King’s Place is being forced to check its male privilege. Girl power at the Guardian has inspired female staff to mark the departure of wimmin’s editor Jane Martinson with a wimmin-only editorial meeting next month:

As Jane Martinson is standing down as women’s editor it seems like a good moment to reflect on women at the Guardian, the future of how we cover women’s issues and what we do next.

With that in mind, we want to have a meeting open to all women in editorial to talk about the above. It will be on Friday 12th September, 11-12.30 in the morning conference room. 
Afterwards we’ll look to take discussions and recommendations to everyone in morning conference.
Do come along

Merope

Presumably, given the Friday lunchtime scheduling, all the blokes will be down the pub whilst this is going on. With Janine Gibson supposedly being lined up as Alan Rusbridger’s eventual replacement as editor, the ladies could be taking over…

Loony Left Coming For Evil Thomas the Tank Engine

Well this is just about the best thing that Comment is Free have ever published. For reasons such as ‘classism, sexism, anti-environmentalism bordering on racism’, kids must be weaned off of the evil that is Thomas the Tank Engine:

“For one, these trains perform tasks dictated by their imperious, little white boss, Sir Topham Hatt (also known as The Fat Controller), whose attire of a top hat, tuxedo and big round belly is just a little too obvious. Basically, he’s the Monopoly dictator of their funky little island.”

“For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke – and they areall pumping out smoke – it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.”

It’s not white smoke you numpty, it’s steam. They are steam engines. Little racist steam engines. Give me strength…

Guardian Workers Revolt Over £2 Million Boss NUJ Condemns Widening Bosses’ Pay Gap

Guardian writers are unhappy that their pay is falling in real terms whilst their bosses’ pay tops £2 million.

guardian-logoFollowing today’s chapel meeting at 2pm, the following motion was passed unanimously:

The chapel believes that GMG’s continued payment of grossly inflated boardroom bonuses and remuneration packages is a violation of the Guardian’s values and represents a failure of corporate governance and accountability by the Trust.

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