With Graeme Wilson off to Downing Street, the Sun has signed former business editor Steve Hawkes as its deputy political editor. One time contender to become Bank of England governor, Hawkes moved to the Telegraph earlier this year. Now he’s back home.
All change on the Sunday Telegraph political team. With Paddy Hennessy off to spin for Ed, his former deputy Rob Watts has taken a slightly different path. Watts has been snapped up as a lobbyist for the British Bankers’ Association, where he will help to make them “a less defensive and more proactive organisation”. Another Telegraph hack moving over to the dark side…
As predicted by Guido in July, Labour’s new Deputy Director of Communications is the Sunday Telegraph political editor Paddy Hennessy. Ed says:
“I am delighted to welcome Paddy to the Labour Party as our new Deputy Director of Communications. His experience working at a range of national newspapers will add significant expertise to the Labour Party’s communications team. I’m looking forward to working with him.”
He’s already on message:
“I am sad to be leaving the Sunday Telegraph after nine great years but this is an exciting new challenge. After nearly 30 years working in newspapers, it’s a big move but a simple task: to help Labour win the general election. I’m delighted to be joining.”
No more attacks on Old Etonians then. With Damian McBride’s book serialised in the Mail this week, Paddy can provide expert advice about his old drinking buddy…
UPDATE: Well that didn’t take long:
Usually reliable sources tell Guido that James Kirkup is being promoted from Deputy to Political Editor for the Telegraph. Rob Winnett will go back to Telegraph Towers to shake up things as the new Head of News. Guido has noticed that of late a lot of Telegraph news stories seem to be lifted from CityAM and elsewhere…
El Telegrapho readers want their Rock back. An armada of Spanish voters have brought a welcome traffic surge to this online poll after a Twitter campaign in Spain. Tu mama calata Gallagher…
With no diary bitch fights to entertain MediaGuido today, the Times have taken to winding up the Telegraph in person. Their Royal reporter Valentine Low has been busy subverting the Telegraph’s royal baby webcam this afternoon:
In fairness, it’s the first time anything interesting has happened on the feed so far…
With the coming of Sun+ next month, where readers will be charged to read the paper online, four national newspaper websites will now be behind a paywall. As of August the Times, FT, Telegraph and Sun will be asking readers to pay for content. Even if the “Digital First” Telegraph’s attempt at keeping out cheapskates is amusingly easy to dodge by going incognito, this means that four of the papers Guido is most likely to link to are now paywall protected. So it is time for a change of linking policy. Guido has previously tended not to link to paywall sites on Seen Elsewhere, using a ‘£’ sign on the rare occasions that links are given. Since so many papers have now succumbed to a paywall this no longer makes sense. So links will now be given to paywall sites as they would non-paywall sites, without a ‘£’ sign. If you are unable to remember if a website is behind a paywall, that is your problem.
Incidentally, it is still Guido’s view that websites without unique content won’t make a success of charging for that content online. The audience is still out on that one…
One of the most catty twitter media bitch fights of recent memory. The claws are out between Mandrake’s Tim Walker and the Times Diary:
Congratulations are in order for the Telegraph’s political correspondent Rowena Mason, who has landed a move to the Guardian. She is off in the next few weeks. Perhaps a more natural home.
Rowena isn’t taking Guido’s calls, this time…
Sue Cameron’s unrivalled sources were adamant last week, telling the civil service toady that “at least two ministers” have written to Francis Maude “telling him to get his tanks off their lawns when it comes to centralising procurement”. Which is all well and good apart from the fact that awkwardly for Sue, Philip Hammond then announced an “innovative deal” between the MoD and the Cabinet Office to centralise procurement, in this mesmerising grey-on-grey video. The Ministry literally in charge of tanks inviting Maude’s tanks onto its lawn then. Mis-fire!
It’s all kicking off between Tim Walker of the Telegraph’s Mandrake diary and Sarah Sands, Standard editor, over the Charles Saatchi / Nigella Lawson assault or gentle tiff, depending on your viewpoint.
Should be noted that Saatchi is an occasional Standard columnist.
And in joins Louise Mensch:
Interesting that Walker’s dinner question went unanswered…
Alistair Andrews Communications was the fictitious company created by the Telegraph and Panorama to string disgraced Tory MP Patrick Mercer. Its non-existent offices in Sydney and London and less-than-convincing website somehow duped Mercer, whose suspicions failed to be raised.
Deliciously, Mercer has just declared a £2,000 payment from Alistair Andrews Communications in his Register of Members Interests. Apparently he did two days’ “consultancy” work for them back in May. The fake name, fake Old Queen Street address and fake job all on official record. £2,000: the price to sting a corrupt MP…
Sue Cameron, the civil service toady, is quick to attack anyone that has the temerity to question her darling mandarins. Last week she put the boot into Stephen Kelly, the former FTSE 100 exec turned UK Government Chief Operating Officer:
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“Mr Kelly claimed this week that it took him seven minutes to boot up his PC – the equivalent of three days every year.
Spinmeisters were already trying to get ahead of a sting by “two undercover journalists” last week. This from PRWeek last Thursday makes very interesting reading:
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“PRWeek has learned that what appear to be undercover reporters have contacted a number of public affairs consultancies and met with at least one to investigate the role of lobbying firms in the establishment of all-party parliamentary groups.
One nugget of news from James Forsyth that will be keeping them happy over at Telegraph towers: apparently the PM’s new favourite columnist is Ed-bashing Blairite refusenik Dan Hodges.
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“At the moment, the Cameroons are whining about the Conservative party being ‘unleadable’.
It takes something pretty special to unite the Tories and the Guardian, and then have UKIP and the New Statesman team up against them. UKIP candidate Dick Delingpole’s photoshop of himself with Hitler and subsequent Telegraph blog “confessing” to a non-existent Nazi past were so obviously a joke surely no one could fall for it.[…] Read the rest