Back Issues 26.08.04

TIMES TO HAVE A WOMAN NEWS EDITOR

 Rita Marshall had been promoted to news editor of The Times.

She was previously deputy news editor and replacedColin Webb, who was leaving to edit the Cambridge Evening News and later went on to become editor in chief of the Press Association.

LOU KIRBY ‘S GIRLS IN THE NEWS

London Evening News editor Lou Kirby had recruited Janet Street-Porter as a columnist as the paper prepared to go tabloid. Another signing was Susan Snell, fashion writer on The Sun, who was made fashion editor. Street-Porter went on to edit the Independent on Sunday.

Another future Fleet Street editor recruited by Kirby was Charles Wilson, who was signed up as assistant editor, features.

BBC MAN KILLED, SEVERAL HURT…

BBC sound recordist Ted Stoddart was killed covering the Turkish invasion of Cyprus when a press convoy drove into a
minefield near the Kyrenia village of Lapithos.

BBC journalists Christopher Morris and Simon Dring were both injured.

Frank Thompson of the Daily Mail reported: “It was Stoddart who gave our press convoy the first warning.

He got out of his car and called out ‘Nobody move-its mines’ There was a deafening blast and Stoddart told one of his colleagues: ‘I’ve had it. Take care of my wife and children.’

COUNCIL REPORTER SAYS I’LL TELL

Local reporters found a friend when Daily Mail sports journalist Philip Osborn was elected to Newmarket urban council.

Osborn, who had stood on a “more information to the public” platform, was as good as his word.

He handed out council agendas and confidential reports to the Newmarket Journal, Cambridge Evening News and East Anglian Daily Times. “I’m told there is a move by members to censure me for releasing confidential information,” said Osborn.

“I hope it comes off.

I was beginning to think they didn’t care.”

SCOTS DUMMY RUN

This dummy of the planned Scottish Daily News appeared on the front of Press Gazette.

The paper was hoping to launch with a £1.75 million Government loan to workers who had lost their jobs when Beaverbrook closed the Express and Evening Citizen in Glasgow.

VIEWERS OVERFED

A substantial majority – 67 per cent of viewers and listeners – claimed there had been too much coverage of the general election, according to a poll commissioned by the BBC.

STATE OF UNION

Six journalism trainees had been expelled from Harlow College after trying to form an NUJ chapel.

When they were told setting-up a chapel was against college rules, the six formed their own organisation.

The NCTJ and NUJ were trying to get them reinstated.

NOISES OFF COVER

hirty years ago, Emap’s Popular Motoring did not feature the dream machine Ferraris and Lamborghinis that dominate car magazine covers today. Instead it was a Mini, humble Hillman Imp and Del Boy’s favourite, the Reliant Robin, which aimed to catch the eye of readers.

But Popular Motoring did come with a gimmick- a free stereo disc of car fault noises.

Jeremy Clarkson eat your heart out.

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