The feral beast: The lure of the ivory towers
Sunday 25 October 2009
Only six months into the job, Emily Mann is stepping down as the New Statesman's deputy editor.
The brilliant young former sub is returning to her PhD in architectural history, for which she had been offered funding before accepting the Statesman job. Having tried it, she has now decided in favour of academia, although will continue to work two days a week. Mann trained on the Morning Star before joining New Statesman in 1999, where she met Jason Cowley, the then books editor. On becoming editor, he poached her back from The Guardian.
Moir's unlikely defender
Not many people have stuck up for Jan Moir but she has an unlikely defender in Peter Tatchell, only our most strident gay rights campaigner. "There was definitely an over-reaction," he tells me, referring to her Daily Mail article about Stephen Gately that drew 22,000 complaints. "It's easy to bash Moir. But why aren't people more upset about the homophobic murder of Ian Baynham in Trafalgar Square? There have been four homophobic murders in the past year. That's much more important than what she wrote."
Belt and braces for Griffin
The show did go on, but producers at Question Time were not taking any chances on Thursday. A mole tells me there were fears the broadcast could be scuppered by BBC staffers keen to prevent transmission of Nick Griffin's moment of fame. After recording, a raw copy of the show was sent down the line from BBC television centre to the Mentorn editing suite, as usual. But to ensure it actually got there, a hard copy was biked over too. You can't be too careful.
Hunt to paddle his own canoe
Convivial Daily Mail foreign editor Gerry Hunt has quit, after more than 20 years. Formerly news editor at the Royal Gazette in Bermuda, Hunt dedicated his best years to the Mail. However, he is said to have become frustrated at having so few correspondents, and has taken early retirement. His career highlights include helping the Mail find the missing canoe woman, Anne Darwin, in Panama two years ago. We raise our glasses to his happy retirement.
Waiting for firing news to break
Anxious times at website Breakingviews, where jobs are to go after its acquisition by Reuters. Letters have been sent to commercial and administrative staff warning there may not be roles for them after December. Two web editors are also at risk, but the rest of the 22 editorial posts are thought to be safe for now.
Return of old Spectator loves
Hats off to new Spectator editor Fraser Nelson for bringing back Christopher Howse's beloved Portrait of the Week. Scores of readers cancelled when it was axed by Nelson's predecessor Matthew d'Ancona. Although friends, some are pondering the significance of an article this week by Katherine Bergen – d'Ancona's ex.
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
Much-loved cartoon character returns - without Sir David Jason
Actress to appear in second series of the hugely popular crime drama
Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
Scottish independence referendum live: Latest news as Scotland votes Yes or No
Scottish independence: Final opinion polls show undecided voters could swing result either way
Scottish independence: Almost half of No voters have felt 'personally threatened' by the Yes campaign
Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
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