Dog watches dog 18.11.04

The other Macca to edit The Sun?

Following in the footsteps of the legendary Kelvin, is another
MacKenzie set to be an editor of The Sun ? Rumour has it that brother
Craig- nicknamed the Bouncing Bogbrush- is being wooed to take the hot
seat at the Irish Sun .

Despite a slightly chequered history, MacKenzie could be the ideal
choice to take over from Danny Gallagher, who built up The Sun’s Irish
edition, but recently stepped down on health grounds.

For a start, MacKenzie has experience as a former editor of the Irish Daily Mirror .

Secondly, he has a home on the Emerald Isle, unlike predecessor
Gallagher who, despite the Irish sounding name, lives in rural Essex.

And thirdly, he’s always been one to enjoy the Irish craic.

Yorkshire Post executive Ken Parker’s name is being bandied about as a possible deputy.

Meanwhile speculation is growing that between them they may
mastermind switching the paper’s production base from Wapping to Dublin.

Watch this space.


The Romford Recorder’s story (above) was twice followed up by the Daily Mirror

Staff at the Romford Recorder were a bit surprised to see the Daily
Mirror’s ‘Exclusive’ tag on consecutive days last week -since they had
run the original story a full week before.

“We don’t mind too much as our Matt Knight did a really good job,
and it’s interesting to note the second ‘exclusive’ Mirror story still
does not have anything new on the update we did this week,” said deputy
editor Barry Kirk.

Indeed, Knight emailed the two Mirror journalists bylined to say: “I
feel very proud at seeing it on the front page of the Mirror , but very
disappointed that you decided to call it an exclusive when you know
full well where that story came from.

“You have also included a quote from Help the Aged praising you for bringing it to light, that’s not true.

“In the interests of fair play I hope you can now share information with me.”

To his credit, Mirror man Aidan McGurran emailed Kirk back, congratulating Knight on his story.

“To be entirely fair and honest, when the story initially came to
me, I didn’t realise it had been in the Romford Recorder ,” replied

“I am actually surprised no one picked up on it sooner.

“But I think it is also fair to say we have taken the story forward quite significantly in the last few days.”


Stuart is on-side as quick strike lands him a big Match interview

Full marks go to Stuart Henderson, a young journalist attending the
Periodicals Training Council’s conference last week. One of the
speakers was Match editor Simon Caney, who mentioned he had been
advertising for a new writer and that the closing date was that very
day. Swiftly, Henderson repaired to the hotel’s internet cafe to use
one of its computers to put together an application. Coney had
mentioned he wanted five feature ideas, so he came up with seven- which
he then handed personally to Caney three-quarters of an hour later. The
bill for the use of the computer was £10, although if he lands the job
it’ll be the best tenner he’s ever spent. His efforts were not lost on
PTC chairwoman Lindsay Nicholson. “With that kind of attitude I expect
that in 10 years’ time Stuart will be standing where I am today,” she
said in her introduction to the ceremony.

The death of Yasser Arafat (left) may have cost at least one journalist
their job-a news producer for US network CBS. Her ‘crime’ was breaking
the story to the network’s viewers. Surely being first with the top
stories was what she was paid to do? Not, apparently, when it
interrupts top-rating crime drama CSI during its tense denouement.
Switchboards were swamped with irate calls. CBS not only had to promise
to rebroadcast the entire episode two days later, but also apologise
publicly -blaming an ‘overly aggressive producer’.




Humphrys is a ‘blatherskite’

BBC broadcaster John Humphrys has eaten humble pie over a howler in
his new book, Lost for Words: The Mangling and Manipulation of the
English Language.

He had declared that the preposition ‘outwith’ was a newly-coined
word which “adds nothing to the language and simply sounds
pretentious”, disparaging an unnamed BBC political correspondent who,
he said, insisted on using it.

Although the word has been widely used in Scotland since the late
14th century, one of its first recorded uses was by John Gower, a
Yorkshire poet, born between 1327 and 1330, in Tales of Seven Deadly
Sins, Humphrys has apologised profusely. However, J.

Derrick McClure, senior lecturer in English at Aberdeen University,
pointed out that ‘outwith’ was a perfectly respectable word and branded
Humphrys a ‘blatherskite’- a babbling, foolish person

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