The feral beast: Gilligan joins Press TV exodus

Andrew Gilligan has quietly dropped his association with Press TV, the Iranian state-owned station accused of beaming propaganda into British homes.

His departure follows that of Nick Ferrari, who quit in protest at the station's coverage of last summer's presidential election. Gilligan, now at The Sunday Telegraph, no longer presents his debate show Forum, having previously resisted criticism of the station. Respect MP George Galloway and disgraced Tory Derek Conway continue to work for the station, as does Islamic convert Yvonne Ridley. Gilligan declined to comment.

Regime change for foreign hacks

The days when war reporters lived off their wits, whisky and a threadbare mattress are over. Reuters correspondents arriving in Haiti immediately after the earthquake are said to have been under orders to carry out a health and safety audit of their hotel before checking in. The insensitivity of reporters arriving in disaster zones is notorious, best summarised by the title of Edward Behr's memoirs: Anyone here been raped and speak English?

Light fingered 'Guardian' staff

Staff being shown the door at The Guardian are clinging on to whatever they can lay their hands on. A notice has gone up at Kings Place explaining that the low level lighting in the lifts is due to the theft of lamps and fittings. Information leading to the identification of the culprit is being sought. New lights probably shouldn't be installed until the redundancy period is over.

Friends help out coy Van Outen

The Daily Mail's scoop about Denise Van Outen claiming to have been dropped by the BBC because she was pregnant cited "friends" of the presenter, who said she felt "disappointed and let down". But why the need for "friends"? The same Van Outen was spotted at the Mail's Brit Awards table two nights earlier. What better way to thank a host than with a red-hot exclusive?

A fitting farewell for Scott?

The Sunday Times's former ski (and après-ski) expert Alistair Scott, who died of a sudden illness aged 50 before Christmas, is to be remembered at a service in Notting Hill on 7 May. Interesting timing, given the general election is pencilled in for the previous night. The streets of Notting Hill will either be shrouded in bunting or mourning a fourth Tory defeat, and Scott's Fleet Street chums will not be in much of a state for church. But then that may be just the way to commemorate the convivial Alistair.

Hudson to digest unlucky move

Commiserations to Gill Hudson, editor of Reader's Digest, who is bravely plugging on with the April issue after management filed for bankruptcy. Hudson took over in the summer, giving up the top job at the Radio Times after a seven-year stint. "The opportunity is too good to miss," she said of her decision at the time, although ABC figures have continued to tumble, while the RT is boasting record sales. Oops.

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
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 Media

Account Manager, London

£18000 - £22000 per annum, Benefits: Excellent Uncapped Commission Structure: ...

Sales Executive, London

£18000 - £22000 per annum: Charter Selection: This exciting entertainment comp...

Digital Producer / Digital Project Manager

£28 - 45k: Guru Careers: A Digital Producer / Digital Project Manager is neede...

Account Manager, Spanish, London Bridge

£30,000 + 20K Commssion: Charter Selection: This rapidly expanding organisatio...

Day In a Page

Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz