Back Issues 09.12.05

Corrie demise like death in the family The Sunday Correspondent had closed.

Section
2 editor of the Corrie, Mick Brown, wrote the paper’s obit in Press
Gazette. He claimed: “Everybody said it: the Correspondent was the
nicest, the most civilised, most decorous, the most fun of any
newspaper anybody had worked on.” The paper launched on 17 September
1989. In August 1990 it was the first quality Sunday to go tabloid. The
last editor was John Bryant, recently made editor-in-chief at the
Telegraph.

Sport sacks Robertson
Drew
Robertson had been sacked as editor of the Sunday Sport after running a
scathing attack on the Press Council. The attack, headlined “Bollocks
to the Press Council”, was thought to be the last straw for the paper’s
management, which was also concerned about falling sales. Sunday Sport
had caused uproar when it snatched a picture of television actor Gorden
Kaye as he lay injured in hospital after a car accident. New editor of
the Sport was Ian Pollock. His first move was to offer Margaret
Thatcher £1m for her memoirs.

How John McCarthy must live
This
mock-up picture of a manacled prisoner was used to mark the fifth year
of journalist John McCarthy being held hostage in the Lebanon.

The picture was shot in a film studio by James Miller in a bid to show the terrible conditions McCarthy was being held in.

CEN gets first Major interview
John
Major had won the race to succeed Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister.
The Huntingdon MP gave his first interviews to the local media – the
Cambridge Evening News and BBC Radio Cambridge. The morning after his
election he gave an interview to the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

Editor
David Rowell said: “It was nice to see someone who has become a
national figure remembering the grass roots journalists who have
interviewed him time and time again since he became an MP.”

Goat theft: journalists charged
The
editor of the Hendon Times, Barry Brennan, and three of his journalists
had been charged with conspiracy to steal a goat. The charges were
brought after a story about an Animal Liberation Front demo in Edgware,
in which it was claimed that goats were being kept for ritual
slaughter. It was alleged a goat was stolen in the course of the
protest.

Fury over Navy ban on woman reporter
Sunday
paper journalist Fidelma Cook was denied the chance to report from the
Gulf because the Royal Navy objected to a woman journalist staying
overnight on one of its ships. Cook, then 40, investigations editor of
the Sunday Mail in Scotland, was all set for the assignment when it was
suddenly cancelled. She was told the commander of the navy in the Gulf,
Commodore Chris Craig, did not want “ladies” on board his operational
ships overnight. “I just found their decision ridiculous,” said Cook,
who during her career had shared dugouts in the Sahara with Moroccan
tribesmen and had been led blindfolded to IRA hideouts.

Northcliffe’s second woman editor
Rachael
Campey was made editor of the Exeter Express and Echo, the second woman
to be appointed editor of a Northcliffe daily. In June of the same year
Anita Syvret had become the first woman to edit a Northcliffe daily, at
the Gloucestershire Echo.

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