The Evening Standard has taken work experience exploitation to a new level by charging a budding journalist £1,500 for the privilege of spending a week toiling on its newsdesk.
It was one of the winning lots in the Standard’s annual Christmas auction – which raised £200,000 for the charity Greenhouse.
It comfortably beat lunch with Sebastian Coe – £1,120 (Axe would rather spend a week on the Standard newsdesk than spend a lunchtime with odious Coe any time) and lunch with Robert Peston – £1,071.
The top lot was a game of table-tennis followed by dinner with Standard City editor Chris Blackhurst and Goldman Sachs co-chief executive Michael Sherwood with fetched £14,600. This was rather more than the £3,600 bid for dinner with editor Veronica Wadley at The Wolseley.