Author: Freddy Mayhew

City AM’s Christian May says after three years editing newspaper ‘I feel now like it’s mine’ and looks to 2018 as ‘best year commercially’ for title

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” says Christian May as he marks three-years as City AM editor, with the former PR chief having been hired “out of the blue” by the daily newspaper’s proprietors for the top job. Plucked from the comms team at the Institute of Directors, a group for business leaders, he … Continue reading “City AM’s Christian May says after three years editing newspaper ‘I feel now like it’s mine’ and looks to 2018 as ‘best year commercially’ for title”

Mail head of sport Lee Clayton moving to Talksport as head of programming

Head of sport for the Mail titles, Lee Clayton, is leaving to join radio station Talksport as its head of programming. Clayton, who has been at the Mail for 14 years, is the latest hire for Talksport owner Wireless Group, part of News UK, which also welcomed Matthew Wright to sister station Talkradio this week. … Continue reading “Mail head of sport Lee Clayton moving to Talksport as head of programming”

BBC’s Press promises exciting drama grounded in modern British newsroom life for first time on TV

New BBC One mini-series Press, following the lives of journalists at two competing fictional daily newspapers, promises to deliver the best modern newsroom drama seen on British TV since – well, ever. That’s because it’s a struggle to think of any UK show of its type that isn’t set in a time prior to the … Continue reading “BBC’s Press promises exciting drama grounded in modern British newsroom life for first time on TV”

Public interest in news industry post Leveson helped get new BBC One drama Press off the ground

Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett had spent years “quite a long time ago” pitching a show set in a newsroom – “a workplace drama a bit like the West Wing” – but no-one was interested in journalists or the media. “Then Leveson happened, [phone] hacking, and suddenly it became clear that actually the public was … Continue reading “Public interest in news industry post Leveson helped get new BBC One drama Press off the ground”

Lynn Barber claims she ‘never got on’ with Sunday Times Magazine editor Eleanor Mills as her ‘large’ contract with paper is ended

Sunday Times journalist and award-winning interviewer Lynn Barber has been dropped by the newspaper, but said she will continue working as a freelance. Barber told Press Gazette she was given a month’s notice to leave the title in early August ahead of her yearly, rolling contract coming up for renewal in October. “There was nothing … Continue reading “Lynn Barber claims she ‘never got on’ with Sunday Times Magazine editor Eleanor Mills as her ‘large’ contract with paper is ended”

Ex Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger says ‘journalism has to be better’ to survive and calls Daily Mail the ‘panzer division of Brexiteers’ ahead of book launch

Journalists are struggling to find their place following a “massive shift of power” away from newspapers and into the hands of the smartphone-carrying public, according to former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger. Speaking at a Guardian Live event last night marking the launch of his new book, Breaking News: The Remaking Of Journalism And Why It … Continue reading “Ex Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger says ‘journalism has to be better’ to survive and calls Daily Mail the ‘panzer division of Brexiteers’ ahead of book launch”

Matthew Wright says he’s free from ‘google box restrictions’ for new afternoon current affairs show on Talkradio

Matthew Wright is joining Talkradio with his own weekday afternoon show and says he plans on “not just discussing the news, but making it too”. The “magazine-style show” will focus on current affairs in the UK and abroad, including breaking news, politics and the arts, with regular guests in to review the day’s news, according … Continue reading “Matthew Wright says he’s free from ‘google box restrictions’ for new afternoon current affairs show on Talkradio”

Aberdeen Press and Journal gets new ‘P&J’ masthead and front page redesign allowing ‘more flexibility’ for splash content

The Aberdeen Press and Journal has a new-look masthead and front page following a revamp. The newspaper, which is the UK’s best-selling regional daily according to ABC figures for the first six months to the end of June this year, has simplified its masthead to “The P&J”. The masthead is now in the top-left corner … Continue reading “Aberdeen Press and Journal gets new ‘P&J’ masthead and front page redesign allowing ‘more flexibility’ for splash content”

Jo Coburn says she raised pay issue with BBC and defends against ‘Brexit bias’ claims ahead of Politics Live launch on BBC Two

“I have to say I’ve got annoyed about all the claims of Brexit bias on the BBC,” Jo Coburn tells Press Gazette on a break between rehearsals for Politics Live, successor to the long-running Daily Politics show. “You have to imagine the BBC as this massive information tool broadcasting on radio, on television, on websites,” … Continue reading “Jo Coburn says she raised pay issue with BBC and defends against ‘Brexit bias’ claims ahead of Politics Live launch on BBC Two”

IPSO tells Telegraph to publish correction over two ‘significant inaccuracies’ in extensive reporting on Sam Allardyce football ‘corruption’ sting

The Telegraph has been told to publish a page-two correction over two “significant inaccuracies” in its extensive coverage of its undercover investigation into Sam Allardyce, which led to his dismissal as manager of the England football team after one match, and two of his associates. Allardyce, his “financial adviser” Shane Moloney, and his agent Mark … Continue reading “IPSO tells Telegraph to publish correction over two ‘significant inaccuracies’ in extensive reporting on Sam Allardyce football ‘corruption’ sting”