Sebastian Shakespeare to become Nigel Dempster III at Daily Mail as Richard Kay takes up 'at large' role

Evening Standard gossip maestro Sebastian Shakespeare is preparing to step up as Nigel Dempster mark III at the Daily Mail.

Ten years after he took charge of the Mail gossip page, Axegrinder understands that Richard Kay will imminently be taking on a new ‘editor at large’ role.

Also joining the Mail is number two on Telegraph’s Mandrake diary column Richard Eden who has joined the current exodus from Telegraph towers. Eden will be Shakespeare’s diary number two.

Axdegrinder understands they are working on dummies for a new page ahead of a planned launch next Monday.

Meanwhile, contrary to reports – Daily Telegraph deputy editor Benedict Brogan is still at the Telegraph and continuing with his daily morning email, which arrived as usual this morning.

Though questions remain about whether you can have a Daily Telegraph deputy editor when you don’t have a Daily Telegraph editor any more.

Following Tony Gallagher’s abrupt departure last week, the paper now has a Monday to Friday print editor and a weekend editor.

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