Thursday, 17 December 2009

The Evening Standard loses City Hall reporter

Those picking up a copy of the Evening Standard last night may have been surprised to find no news of what happened at Mayor's Question Time.

Nothing on Boris reducing police officer numbers, nothing on Boris's defence against cronyism charges, in fact nothing full stop on the capital's biggest political event of the month.

For London's only "quality newspaper" that's a pretty poor show. So why?

Well it turns out that Geordie Greig has decided to make the paper's only dedicated City Hall reporter redundant.

Katharine Barney, whose stories have given Boris Johnson a headache for some time now, was let go as part of a drive to recover huge losses at the paper. She will be missed.

Respected former Standard journalist Pippa Crerar will return at some point in the New Year, but in the meantime, the paper has no dedicated reporter at City Hall.

Of course times are tough, and when they decided to give away the paper for free, job losses were inevitable.

But when those job losses coincide with the publication of unspeakable drivel like this, then the Standard have really got their priorities all wrong:

Read the whole thing, if you can stomach it.


Tom said...

That's a piece of shit. She'd really got her teeth into them, too - I wonder if there was pressure from somewhere?

AdamB said...

It does make you wonder, but I suspect the real reason is just that Greig and Lebedev don't know what they're doing. Why pay for City Hall reporting when you can have endless profiles of ultra-rich nobodies instead?

Helen said...


Anonymous said...

This is just the beginning of the end for Evening Standard.
If the ES goes down, Veronica Wadley should get most of the blame for it for turning the newspaper into a despicable propaganda machine to get Boris Johnson elected.

James said...

There's also the matter of Ross Lydall's return to the Standard - presumably he'll now pick up some of the London politics coverage.

AdamB said...

Well he has had some good City Hall coverage recently, although it's mostly been on his ES blog, so it's possible.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

The ES has become free sheet in it's standards with colourful drivel as content but lacking in real news or journalism.

Kevin Rye said...

That 'Gayjacent' story had to be one of the worst pieces of junk I've ever read, anywhere. Paper given away, paper starts to shrink in number of pages, and more crap starts to appear where once was at least the promise of some half decent journalism.