Hope for the Togs
Chris Evans may have taken over from Terry Wogan on the breakfast show but we surely haven't heard the last of Old Tel yet. My sources tell me that talks have taken place with a view to the great man returning to Radio 2, probably on Sundays later in the year, when he can look back over the week's events in his inimitable style.
Wogan might be 71 but he's not ready to give up broadcasting altogether just yet. "He'd had enough of getting up at 4am but there's no reason why he can't still present a show," says a source. With Jonathan Ross departing the station in the summer, Radio 2 would not want to lose two of its biggest names in such quick succession. Bring back the blarney!
With magazine launches so scarce these days it's warming to hear that Bauer has been looking at bringing out an upmarket women's weekly, though there are doubts whether the project will get the finance to see it to completion. We are more likely to see closures first, with IPC's Loaded and NatMags's She most at risk.
The challenge of online media has forced a historic Winnipeg-based publication covering the fur trade and the north-west frontier to change its name to Canada History. Publisher Deborah Morrison took the drastic action because "spam filters" were preventing readers from accessing the title's website. So sadly, after 90 years, The Beaver will no longer be appearing on news-stands.
The morning after the Haiti earthquake, the Daily Mail showed its commitment to foreign news by relegating the story to page eight (with a breakout piece: "Rape, murder and voodoo on the island of the damned"), not even mentioning the disaster on the front of the paper. The Daily Express gave the story greater prominence but, inevitably, preferred to splash on the ongoing "agony" of the parents of Madeleine McCann, an agony to which the paper has contributed with its obsessive coverage.