The feral beast: On the move at the 'Mail'

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A call from Anabel Cutler was, till now, every freelancer's dream. But the editor of the Daily Mail's Lifestyle section has left the highly paid post to join them. News of her departure came as a shock to insiders who say she was well regarded, and follows the surprise announcement from editor Paul Dacre, pinned on a noticeboard, of the retirement of his deputy, Alistair Sinclair. Kremlinologists say whoever replaces Sinclair is in line to succeed Dacre.

Radio 4 winces at censor's cut

Weird times at the BBC. Such is the post-Sachsgate sensitivity about "causing offence" that the Saturday repeat of Radio 4's Any Questions is being censored. The current affairs show is one of few programmes still transmitted live, but risky lines are now cut from the next day's repeat. A recent example involved a quip by Daily Mail journalist Quentin Letts about Ann Widdecombe eating a lot of biscuits, which was dropped for fear it could be construed as misogynistic.

Twitter romance over

Will Lewis's romance with Twitter was startlingly short-lived. When the Telegraph editor discovered the micro-blogging site he felt moved to write about it in his paper. Now only a couple of months later he appears to have got bored and given up. Followers have been left panting for more since the vintage tweet: "I'm in a car and it's raining."

Hidden side effects of flu vaccine

The Daily Mail has covered swine flu with all the excitement due to so grave a story. But perhaps it has more reason to panic than most – I hear a member of the sales team has been sent home with suspicious symptoms. Other staffers are now rushing to take up the company's offer of a free vaccine for employees and their family members, although a relative of one has declined, saying: "I wouldn't want to be left on earth with just the staff of the Daily Mail."

The artist's handset

With his red hot contacts book, Geordie Greig was always a wise choice to edit the Evening Standard. On Thursday he brought in an exclusive interview with David Hockney who spoke of his new-found love of the iPhone. "BlackBerries are for secretaries and clerical workers," he thundered. How embarrassing, then, that a photo of Hockney taken during the interview showed Geordie's BlackBerry on the table next to his notebook. Clerical workers, indeed!

BBC splashes the cash – on itself

The BBC has hotly rejected proposals to divert a percentage of the licence fee to ITV's ailing local news channels. It wants all the money for itself, of course. But there's plenty of cash splashing about the Beeb it seems – an invitation pings through to a lavish reception in Whitehall this Wednesday to "mark the first six months of BBC Alba, Scotland's Gaelic television channel". Since when was six months an anniversary?

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