Rio Ferdinand and John Terry may be playing in the World Cup despite old injuries, but disaster has struck in the press room.
Martin Samuel, the Daily Mail's star sports writer, has slashed a tendon in his right hand, preventing him from typing. He had just filed his copy for Friday when he went to catch a falling wine glass on Thursday night, severing a vital tendon. Because of the gravity of the injury, which needed urgent hospital treatment, there are doubts he will be able to file for the World Cup, though a Mail spokesman played down the suggestion. Editor Paul Dacre is said to be looking into getting him a typist. Get well soon.
Tassles for iPad Page three girls?
Bad news for News International as they start charging for online editions: The Sun's page three girls, whose ranks once numbered Melinda Messenger could be forced to cover up for the iPad. The German tabloid Der Bild has complained of being censored by Apple from running topless girls on its iPad applications software. Apple recently removed the gallery of nude photos from the site of Stern magazine, and forced Bild to put clothes on the "Bild girl". "Today they censor nipples, tomorrow it's editorial content," said a spokeswoman. Rupert will not be happy.
Harvard, the new Coventry
Jaws gaped when Will Lewis was unexpectedly sacked from the Telegraph Media Group last week, but perhaps the writing was already on the wall. Last summer, the ex-editor of The Daily Telegraph was sent to Harvard on a management training course by chief executive Murdoch MacLennan. Now I'm told a journalist at the Mail was once also sent to Harvard by MacLennan, only to be dismissed on his return. Worryingly, Edmund Conway, the economics editor at both Telegraph papers, has just announced he too is off to Harvard. Happily he has taken the precaution of handing in his resignation first.
Hear Today, gong tomorrow
John Humphrys has been known to trouser hefty sums for presenting awards ceremonies, but he was nowhere to be seen at Monday's Sony Radio Academy Awards. The event was hosted by Chris Evans, the new saviour of the BBC's Radio 2 breakfast show. The award for Best Breakfast Show went to Radio 4's Today, yet neither Humphrys nor any of his fellow presenters turned up to collect the gong. How grand.
Playing for Sheffield, US-style
Fans as we are of US newspapers, it was inevitable that their style of omitting the word "on" when reporting when an event happened – eg, he died Tuesday – would lead to confusion. And so it proves: an apology in The New York Times seeks to clarify an article about John Harkes, one of the first US footballers to play professionally for England: "He arrived in England in 1990 to play for Sheffield Wednesday; he did not arrive 'in England to play at Sheffield on Wednesday'."Reuse content