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Allister Heath: 'Youth is just what the founders of 'City AM' were looking for'

At 30, Allister Heath is young to be editing a daily paper

Scots keep Sunday special as 'Sun' and 'Standard' defy the daily gloom

When in 2006 Andrew Neil sold The Scotsman titles to Johnston Press, he was astonished at the lack of interest in the deal. Why, he wondered, did commentators dedicate more column inches to the new editor of The Spectator, a tiny outfit compared to the three titles he had just flogged – The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Edinburgh's Evening News? You can see his point, but in terms of sales, his titles had always been on a par with the political weekly rather than with the national press, shifting tens, not hundreds of thousands a week.

Andrew Neil is the nemesis as the BBC hits back at its bureaucrats

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Dutch paedophiles to launch political party

Paedophiles have tested the limits of Dutch tolerance with a plan to launch a political party to push for a cut in the legal age of consent and legalisation of pornography featuring young people.

No business like the Business Press

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My Mentor: Jeff Randall on Andrew Neil

'There was no shillyshallying: he took on the IRA, Buckingham Palace and the Aids lobby'

The rebel and the toff: now that's a 'Spectator' sport

There's an unlikely new double act in Doughty Street. Who says the Barclay brothers don't have a sense of humour?

Let them speak without interrupting? Whatever next!

One show has revolutionised the way politics is presented

The media merger Scotland needs

Scottish newspapers are still losing readers, despite devolution. Tim Luckhurst suggests how they could be saved
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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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