She broadcasts on Radio 3, writes for several newspapers, and is a tireless networker at all the smartest parties. But Anne McElvoy is giving up her weekly column for the Evening Standard in favour of other projects.

The Feral Beast: Top marks for Tatler's school bash

Tatler got off to a cracking start of term on Monday with its annual schools awards ceremony, a lavish bash held at Claridge's.

The feral beast: Mills 1, Herbert 0

That Susannah Herbert is leaving The Sunday Times, where she edits the News Review is not surprising; when Eleanor Mills, her predecessor, returned from an unhappy stint editing the Saturday Times, rumours of creative tension between them were rife.

Queen of society revels in the spirit of mischief

After 300 years, Tatler still jealously guards its privileged position as the chronicler of the posh and the well-heeled, reports Ian Burrell

The Feral Beast: Caught out

The staff of London Lite were sad to see Bo Wilson leave 10 days ago. A reporter on the free-sheet – though not on staff – she had also stepped up to a desk job when needed. Understandably, she jumped at the chance when offered a staff job elsewhere as a deputy news editor, and duly trotted off on holiday. Sadly, though, her break was interrupted by a text telling her that her new home, Rupert Murdoch's thelondonpaper, was to close. Commiserations.

The feral beast: Ignorance is bliss

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Wade claim ignorance of their reporters' illegal activities when they edited the News of the Screws, but what of their predecessors?

The feral beast: Sauce for Guardian, not BBC

'The Guardian' made a big hoo-ha about the BBC's plans, now shelved, to launch local video newscasts online, branding them a blow to struggling regional newspaper websites. So it's intriguing to learn 'The Guardian' is, er, launching a regional site. Staff have been invited to volunteer to be "launch editor, Guardian local", "responsible for a city-based local offering from" The post is only being advertised internally, so BBC staffers who lost out on the axed Beeb project need not apply.

A new editor, but 'Tatler' won't be joining the 'Hello!' polloi

Whoever takes over at the high society bible, it will be steady as she goes, says Matthew Bell

The feral beast: Tatler lines up tit-for-tat editor

Geordie Greig is tipped to be editor of the 'Evening Standard', but who will step up to the plate at 'Tatler'? The Beast's money is on Catherine Ostler, the talented editor of 'ES' magazine, the 'Standard' supplement. A friend of Condé Nast chief Nicholas Coleridge – but then, who isn't? – she was out socialising with him last week. A Vogue House source says they're meeting for lunch this week to thrash out terms. Poaching Ostler, known to some as "Tiny Tears", would be a coup for Coleridge and have a neat symmetry.

Tantrums at `Tatler' dethrone editor

LIVE BY the flounce, die by the flounce. That was the verdict last night after the publisher of Tatler magazine revealed that his editor, Jane Procter, felt she had little option but to resign last week after nine years in charge.
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