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Wenger has confirmed though that any moves are far from complete with the 11pm Friday deadline approaching

New role created over

Zach Leonard has been appointed to the new post of Managing Director Digital, London Evening Standard and the Independent, starting on 1 September.

The Independent's Digital Managing Director moving on

The Independent Print Ltd Digital Managing Director, Bill Swanson, has decided to leave his post at the end of the month. He is leaving to pursue a new opportunity at a boutique investment house specializing in the digital media space.

Sarah Sands: University chaos, not bias, is thwarting bright teens

After a leavers' day service at a leading academic London school recently, parents approached each other cautiously. Even a decade ago, it would have been a given that their children would have places at top universities. Now there are no such assumptions. We shook our heads over glowing scholars and models of leadership who were leaving school without university offers, despite projected A-star grades. The A-star is intended to correct the inflationary use of the A grade, but it has proved no match for the recessionary rush to universities.

Ritz comes clean on recycled shampoo

The Ritz Hotel in London is decanting surplus toiletries left behind by guests.

A new era for Independent titles

The Independent and Independent on Sunday are under new ownership following completion of the purchase by Independent Print Limited, a company owned by the Lebedev family.

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The Independent and Independent on Sunday are under new ownership following completion of the purchase by Independent Print Limited, a company owned by the Lebedev family.

Sarah Sands: Dangerous reactions in the sexual chemistry lab

The black comedy of Zoë Heller's Notes on a Scandal delighted critics. A naive school teacher, touched by the plight of a special needs pupil, tries to help him, becomes flattered by his devotion to her, and embarks on a catastrophic affair. Heller is relentless about the consequences but, through the narrator Barbara, also impatient of the sanctimonious and sentimental coverage in the press.

Sarah Sands: We love romantics. We just don't expect them to win

Recommending Michael Foot for a job on the Evening Standard, Aneurin Bevan said to its proprietor, Lord Beaverbrook: "I've got a young bloody knight errant here." The description held true. Political and journalistic opponents paid tribute to Foot last week with a mixture of wonder and exasperation. The Daily Mail's obituary was a version of the famous American epitaph for Foot's spiritual predecessor, Thomas Paine: "He had lived long, did some good and much harm."

'What would Michael Foot have been like as Prime Minister? I believe he would have led a successful Labour government'

Michael Foot, the great bibliophile – for thus I will remember him, rather than as parliamentary orator or sometime leader of the Labour Party – began one of the most fascinating essays in the English language, his essay on Beaverbrook entitled "The Case for Beelzebub", thus:

Anne-Marie Duff 'blown away' by Evening Standard film award

Anne-Marie Duff gave a loving "thank you" to her husband James McAvoy as she scooped the best actress gong at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Evening Standard set to close midday edition

The London Evening Standard, which went free last month in an attempt to lift revenues, has axed its early edition with about 20 jobs set to go.

Dying call of an endangered species &ndash; the 'Standard' vendor

The traditional street-corner cry of 'Staaan-D'd' is being silenced. Matthew Bell reports

Battle of London freesheets ends as 'Lite' looks to fold

The free newspaper battle for London's commuters is to end after just three years, as the London Lite's publisher prepares to close the title, leaving the streets clear for The London Evening Standard.

Question Time 'a lynch mob', complains Griffin

BNP leader Nick Griffin complained today that he had been the victim of a "lynch mob" following his controversial appearance on the BBC's Question Time.

Standard hit by permit problems on home turf

The London Evening Standard's second day as a free newspaper did not go as smoothly as the first, after its distributors were forced off the streets of Kensington and Chelsea because they did not have correct permits.

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