MEDIA: DIARY

The brothers grim

The cuts at the Telegraph are so swingeing that no department can expect to emerge unscathed. So there was perfect logic in one proposal that was doing the rounds of the editorial floor on Friday: do we really need two Barclay brothers?

Meanwhile, there was comfort to be drawn from a piece that appeared in the Telegraph's op-ed page last week. "In any just society, we all have a duty to one another," were the columnist's wise words. We are not quite sure how principle squares with practice on this one, since the writer in question was none other than The Telegraph's editor Martin Newland.

Managing Editor (change)

Meanwhile, could an upheaval be in the offing at The Observer, over and above its switch to Berliner size? We note that in its advertisement for a new managing editor, the paper says that "the successful candidate will also need to show a solid track record of managing change in an editorial environment". Or to put it another way, they'll need a very thick skin.

Howard's end

Tory leader Michael Howard (pictured) was halfway through a routine interview with girl teen mag Sugar last week when editor Annabel Brog decided it was time to spice things up a little. What, she asked, did Mr Howard think about Sugar telling its readers what certain sexual behaviour consisted of? Ms Brog says that Mr Howard failed to give an answer. "His press bloke Guy [Black]went a bit white though." Charles Kennedy is next on Ms Brog's interview list. He has been warned ...

Slaughtered at the poll

When will media organisations ever learn that once you go down the route of readers'/listeners' polls, you're in for trouble. The latest embarrassment befalls Radio 1 after it trumpeted a poll to find the greatest No 1 single of all time. The predictable winner was Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". But what's this at No 2? The decidedly un-Radio 1 "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter" by heavy-metal dinosaurs Iron Maiden. Not at all what the station was hoping for. No wonder the press release marking the poll failed to mention it. An internet voting campaign by Maiden devotees is being blamed.

Good neighbours

No fewer than six pages of the latest Vogue comprise a fawning profile of Pret a Manger and Itsu founder Julian Metcalf (pictured). "If Metcalf decided to go into politics, he would probably find himself plumping the cushions in Downing Street in no time," gushes the piece. What could have prompted such attention? Surely not the opening of a branch of Itsu next door to Vogue. Anyone for sushi, darling?

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Recruitment Genius: Software Development Manager

£40000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Ashdown Group: Product Manager - (Product Marketing, Financial Services)

£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager - Marke...

Recruitment Genius: Compliance Assistant

£13000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Pension Specialist was established ...

Ashdown Group: Market Research Executive

£23000 - £26000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Market Research Executive...

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee