Dog watches dog 30.09.04

Family business

Dog’s piece about the father and son picture bylines featuring Will
and Bill Hagerty on the same page of The Sun last week drew a swift
response from a couple of other journalistic dynasties.

It seems that the Corrigan family beat the Hagertys to the picture
byline punch by around two months. The Independent on Sunday’s coverage
of The Open golf championship featured chief sports columnist Peter
Corrigan’s column above a piece by his son James Corrigan, who is the
associate sports editor of the daily Indy.

As Corrigan junior is moving over to write for the Sunday soon, the
likelihood of this phenomenon recurring would appear high. But not a
certainty: Corrigan senior is campaigning that his son gets no picture
byline. Apparently he can’t stand the thought of a Corrigan with hair
appearing in the same publication.

Meanwhile, in the Daily Telegraph of September 13, WF Deedes has a byline on his Monday column.

In the same edition, on the back page of the sports section, there
is a picture of his son, acting chief executive Jeremy Deedes,
presenting the Seniors Golf Trophy. And, to complete the hattrick, a
certain Henry Deedes has a byline on the Gillingham football match on
the sports pages. Henry is Jeremy’s son, and is a graduate trainee with
the paper.

“Three generations in one edition,” says Jeremy. “But we could not get them all on the same page.”


Water way to land yourself a job

When it came to finding employment Tim Stewart wasn’t prepared to
let anything come between him and an interview – whether it was being
out of the country, severe sea sickness or a 12ft shark.

The lecturer in digital photography is the latest recruit at Darlington College of Technology.

But when he was called for interview for the job he was in Thailand
taking a diving course and studying underwater photography. So Tim
asked if he could have the interview over the phone.

“What was tricky was that the interview slot I chose was the same
day I was taking a diving course and I had really bad sea sickness. At
one point I had to hang off the back of the boat on a rope,” he said.

After passing the course and taking close-up pictures of a 12ft
shark, he had just half an hour to find a phone and compose himself for
the interview.

“I ended up in an internet café,” he said. “There were kids coming
in from school shouting all sorts of things and motor bikes whizzing by

His telephone conference interview with a panel of three senior
college staff was strong enough to land him a key role, alongside
celebrated war photographer John Gibb, on the 30-week National Council
for the Training of Journalists digital photo journalism course, the
only one of its type in the country.

Head of media Scott Armstrong said: “It was certainly one of the
most unusual interviews I had conducted but, give him his due, he was
very good indeed. He did say he was sitting there in a suit and tie,
but I’m not convinced.”

Pot of gold

A BBC television journalist will be worrying slightly less about his pension after his visit to last Sunday’s Antiques Roadshow.

Midlands Today reporter Michele Paduano took to the show in
Worcestershire an antique pot that he’d bought at an auction for £500
simply because he liked the look of it.

It caught the eye of Roadshow expert John Sandon, son of the famous
Henry, who identified the three-handled pot as a rare 17th century
slipware cup, known as a tyg.

It’s value – £50,000.

The pot bears the name of Ann Barrett. Nobody knows who she was, but it holds four pints and was used as a celebration vessel.

It goes without saying that Michele has drunk a very large toast to the mysterious Ann.

MK News reporter and columnist Mark Stillman has unleashed a new
tactic in his quest to raise money for a local charity: blackmail.

Stillman will reveal his hideous pre-diet gut in all its glory in
his 1 December column unless he raises £250 for the Willen hospice.

Stillman made the threat in his column for the LSN Media group
title, which ran with this pixillated picture of his sprawling belly.
The 17st 2lb hack hopes to shed two stones by 29 November. If he fails
to make the fund target, the pixels come off.

Stillman said: “If I don’t raise the money, I’ll also put up the
undoctored picture in the four offices I work in. Perhaps some
ex-colleagues of mine who read Press Gazette would like to chip in too
– if they don’t want to see the original picture in this magazine?” To
sponsor Stillman, log on to www.justgiving.com/stillersslim or email mark.stillman@mk-news.co.uk


Weary Wapping hacks were astonished to see that a new touring
production of Terence Rattigan’s Man and Boy stars not only David
Suchet, famous for his TV role as Hercule Poirot, but also David

Had The Sun’s former editor, who once famously urged readers to “hug
a Moslem” following 9/11, taken up a new career treading the boards?
Has his PR work stalled already? No; it turned out to be another David

But one weary old sub-editor growled: “Maybe our David should
consider it. After all, he showed great promise as a comic actor while
he was here.

“I’ve never seen anything as funny as some of his performances on the back bench.”

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