Prezza Slips Porkie Chipolata Into Print

prescottA warm welcome to John Prescott in the Mirror today with his debut column. He presumes to give Michael Gove a history lesson and claims that his government is “taking us back to the 1980s with high unemployment”.

We had a little Twitter spat as a consequence:




Disingenuously comparing the unemployment rate at its best under Brown with its worst under Cameron rather than the 8% rate that it was when Brown was voted out of office.

Not to mention that unemployment is thankfully far lower than it was in the 80s and falling…

Mirror Baby

Congratulations are in order, Media Guido hears, for 47 year-old former Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver and 51 year-old former Mirror editor Richard Wallace who are expecting a child together. Seems they’ve been busy since their joint sacking in MayHow about Brian for a boy?

Prezza Joins the Sunday Mirror

News arrives of some welcome Sunday competition:

Guido hears it’s a high five figure sum…

UPDATE:

UPDATE II:

Seconds out…

 

Piers Morgan Discussing Phone Hacking With Charlotte Church

Transcript of the footage of Piers Morgan speaking to Charlotte Church:

PM: “There was a spate of stories that came out because of mobile phones. When they first came out mobile phones journalists found out that if the celebrity hadn’t changed their pin code, right…”

CC: “Yeah, you can access their voicemail.”

PM: “You can access, access their voicemail. Just by tapping in a number. Are you really telling me that journalists aren’t going to do that? If they know they can ring up Charlotte Church’s mobile phone, listen to all her messages…”

CC: “My God”

PM: “Right, now all you have to do and I know it’s hard because celebrities don’t like doing anything for themselves is actually change your security number.”

CC: “Yeah, I’ve changed my security number”.

PM: “And now you don’t have to worry”.

CC: “Exactly”.

Just in case you have forgotten, Piers claims:

“I do not believe that any story we published … was ever gained in an unlawful manner, nor have I ever seen anything to suggest that.”

He told Leveson:

“… I had no reason or knowledge to believe it was going on.”

Uh oh…

Beckham Hacking: Mirror Cover-Up (Part II) Mirror Shares Drop Further as Brown Tribunal Rears Head


Roy Greenslade’s blog in the Guardian this afternoon reminds readers about the all-important testimony of former People reporter David Brown, who claims that routine and systematic phone hacking was taking place at the hands of Mirror Group journalists during his time there. Back when the Mirror’s original internal investigation into hacking was announced over a year ago Guido, in an effort to be helpful, reminded them of the very same fact:

Investors have clocked what could be coming – Trinity Mirror’s share price is down another 13% today and over 30% for the week, wiping tens of millions off the Mirror’s capitalisation. If only their legal director Paul Vickers had listened to Guido in the first place…

Mirror Shares Crash Over Piers Hacking Claims

Trinity Mirror’s share price has crashed 12.5% this morning. It closed at 72p yesterday, opening at 65p when it was revealed overnight that the Mirror‘s publishers faced legal action over phone-hacking allegations, dropping again to 62p as the morning went on. £18 million was wiped from the value of the company. And there is more to come…

UPDATE: Trinity Mirror has a market capitalisation of £163 million, the group already has a pension fund deficit estimated to be £159.5 million, almost equal to the struggling media firm’s market capitalisation. Given News International has paid out some £200 million in hacking legal costs already the actual solvency of the firm could be in danger if claims mount up. Murdoch could afford to take the hit, Morgan’s old mates can’t…

Survey Says Sun the Least Trusted Tabloid

On a day like today it seems relevant to reflect on the public’s general distrust of tabloids. A Populus poll commissioned by lobbyists Open Road and released today has found that the public distrusts the Sun more than any other tabloid. 59% of the public distrust the Sun either “somewhat” or “completely”. The findings don’t make happy reading for the other redtops either, with 43% distrusting the Mirror, 39% the Mail and 32% the Express. Guido is happy to accept that this blog was categorised alongside the other tabloids and report that we are, err, less distrusted than all our tabloid rivals. We’re feeling pretty superior…

Open Road’s client News Corp will no doubt be pleased with their lobbying firm choosing today to further blacken the name of their biggest selling newspaper. Doh!

Mirror’s Prince Harry Hypocrisy

The Mirror have issued a high-minded statement explaining why they nobly decided against publishing the naked Prince Harry pics:

“The Daily Mirror took the decision not to publish the pictures of Prince Harry because we would be in clear breach of the Press Complaints Commission’s Editors’ Code of Practice, regarding intrusion of privacy, which we signed up to and we stand by that decision.”

Nothing to do with them losing the bidding war for the photos to the Sun then…

Olympic Golds Nix Mirror Man’s Jinx Meme

One man who clearly has mixed feelings about the Olympic gold haul yesterday is the Daily Mirror’s diminutive deputy political editor James Lyons:

He had been enjoying blaming sporting setbacks on an alleged “Curse of Cameron”, a meme which has an uncanny resemblance to the sporting Jinx of Jonah Brown popularised on these pages in the dark days of the accursed one-eyed son of the manse’s regime.

Mehdi Hasan took a break from cheering on the Iranian Olympic squad to join in:

Then Chris Hoy won the first gold with Cameron in the audience and the supposed curse was lifted. When congratulating British Gold medallists on Twitter Dave began casually mentioning being there in his tweets:

His presence in the winning of three golds nixing the jinx meme once and for all. As bad as things are for Cameron politically, he is no Jonah Brown…

Mirror Slump Eases As Sly Slinks Off

Sly Bailey might have only been shown the door by Trinity Mirror two weeks ago but there is already reason to celebrate as the newspaper group reported a rise in profits this morning. The Mirror‘s parent company made a pre-tax profit of £35 million in the last six months, up 21% year-on-year. The improvement has been attributed to a wave of cost-cutting measures implemented by Trinity Mirror bosses over the last few months.

No longer having to pay Sly’s huge pay packet might also have something to do with it…

Mirror Man Nicked

Two more hacks have been nicked this morning as part of the police investigation into press corruption, with one of them named as the Mirror‘s crime reporter Justin Penrose:

That’s the same Justin Penrose who told Leveson in January: “The main ethical issue is that we never pay police officers for stories“. He was on oath…

Things are also starting to look pretty awkward for former Mirror editor Richard Wallace after he admitted to Brian last year:

To the best of my knowledge I have never made, authorised or been privy to any payments to members of the police. However, on occasion we have paid public sector employees (connected with the health and prison services) for information about prisoners or prison conditions.

Guido wonders who will be next to hear the doorbell ring at five in the morning…

UPDATE: The other hack arrested is said to be the Daily Star Sunday’s Tom Savage. His identity was revealed after his own website “where am I?” feature pointed to Dulwich nick.

Mirror Hack Nicked

It begins…

With Mirror Stock Down 90% in 5 Years Sly Gets £900,000 Payoff

Bailey Bows Out on the Sly

There’s good news for Trinity Mirror employees today as bonus-happy boss Sly Bailey leaves the company.

She was expected to stay until the end of the year but has had her bags packed six months earlier than expected.

During her highly paid reign the share price slumped some 96% from their height in 2005.

Guido imagines there will be big drinks in the watering holes of Canary Wharf this lunch time…

Scottie Named New People Editor

James “Scottie” Scott, the deputy editor of the Sunday Mirror, has been named as the new editor of the People. Scottie will replace Lloyd Embley, who moved to the vacant weekday editor spot at the Mirror two weeks ago. The appointment is all the more interesting seeing as Scott was intimately involved with obtaining the Ulrika Jonsson story back in 2002. And we all know what happened there… 

Brown Met Murdoch Press Most

Via @Richolden

Mirror and Sunday Mirror Editors Sacked

Tina Weaver and Richard Wallace have been removed from the building, according to staff there.

The Mirror and Sunday Mirror are merging into a seven day operation…

UPDATE: Current People editor Lloyd Embley is the new editor of the Mirror.

UPDATE II: Apparently Wallace was not even allowed back to his office to get his things. Unlike Sly Bailey, these two won’t be leaving their jobs £14m better off.

UPDATE III:

Labour MP Calls for Police Investigation into Mirror Corruption

One of the Labour MPs at the heart of the phone hacking scandal has called for the police to investigate Mirror editor Richard Wallace’s admission at Leveson that his paper had paid public officials. In a Twitter ding-dong with former Screws Chief Reporter Neville Thurlbeck, who has written extensively today about Wallace’s admissions, Chris Bryant was backed into a corner before eventually declaring that “yes, of course” the paper should be investigated.

Though Bryant immediately backtracked and suggested that there was not enough evidence, there is much more than he had when he demanded the police investigate Coulson and Brooks in 2003. Guido is looking forward to the furious press releases and Bryant popping up on the telly any moment now…

Heather Mills Drops Piers and Mirror Right In It


Not a good week for Mirror Group newspapers. Yesterday Guido repeated to Leveson exactly what he has blogged previously, the editor of the Sunday Mirror, Tina Weaver, authorised phone-hacking and blagging according to two journalist sources. Today Heather Mills told Leveson that Piers Morgan could only have listened to her voicemails as a result of illegality.

The BBC’s Newsnight has heard the same stories and probably from the same sources:

When Guido met Lord Hunt he brought up the subject of Weaver sitting on the Press Complaints Commission, he looked uncomfortable and squirmed without giving an answer. Guido told him to get his own house in order. It is a sick joke that Tina Weaver still sits as a member of the Commission.

Newsroom Fury at Trinity Executive Bonuses

Mirror hacks are spitting feathers this afternoon as 75 job losses are announced. Given how heavy they have been going on the banker bonus bashing, their own remuneration scheme is coming under attack:

“The total directors’ pay and pensions bill for Trinity Mirror last year was £3.9 million – £1.3 million of which was cash bonuses.

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