Back Issues 02.12.05

Posh points the way ahead A visit by Posh and Becks to the Daily
Star was seen as a key to the editorial future of Express Newspapers
under new owner, Northern & Shell boss Richard Desmond. The visit
was given massive coverage in the Star, which splashed on Posh’s “new
love tattoo”.

At the Daily Express, political editor Tony Bevins
had walked out, saying he didn’t want to work for Desmond. Express
editor Rosie Boycott had already clashed with her new bosses – refusing
to allow the editor of OK!, Martin Townsend, to attend the newspaper’s
daily conference.

IT title’s inquiry is vindicated Computer
Weekly’s threeyear investigation into the cause of the 1994 RAF Chinook
helicopter crash was vindicated in a report by the House of Commons
Public Accounts Committee.

The investigation, by executive editor
Tony Collins, had concluded faulty computer software rather than pilot
error was to blame for the crash in which 29 people were killed. The
committee said there had been problems with the helicopter’s digital
engine control system and software. It recommended that an earlier
finding of gross negligence by the helicopter’s crew should be set

Swedes set to pull out of Newcastle free battle Associated
Newspapers was close to winning the battle of the free Metro titles.
The Swedish Modern Times group behind Metro News was thought to be
pulling out of Newcastle, the only UK city in which it had a toehold.

for courageous ST reporter Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times had been
named journalist of the year by the Foreign Press Association. Colvin,
accepting the award voted for by British-based foreign correspondents,
said: “War reporting has changed a lot, but what I have always cared
about is what happens to people on the ground.” Martin Bell, the former
BBC journalist, speaking at the event, told the foreign correspondents:
“Get out of the capital and throw away your mobile phones.”

says goodbye to the Brum Evening Mail One of the region’s best-liked
editors, Ian Dowell, had announced he was retiring from the Birmingham
Evening Mail. Dowell had been no stranger to controversy having “named
and shamed”

paedophiles two years ahead of the News of the World
and attacked any London journalist who had the temerity to criticise

Rowan out and Bell in at Guardian Unlimited Emily
Bell was appointed to the new role of editor-in-chief of Guardian
Unlimited. Editor of Guardian Unlimited David Rowan shocked staff by
resigning and immediately left the paper.

Teenager snaps tornado
This dramatic front page of a tornado at Cleethorpes was voted one of
the best front pages in Europe in 2000. It also subsequently won the
Newspapers Society’s front page of the year in the Press Gazette
Regional Press Awards.

The amazing picture of the 100ft twister was taken by teenage holiday maker Stuart East, of Doncaster.

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