Media Diary ; Business & Money

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Media Diary ; Business & Money


Making the Z-list

It's the curse of Big Brother. Former contestant Makosi was invited onto Channel 4's More 4 News on Thursday night to discuss Ofcom's ruling on the Shilpa-Jade debacle. Makosi has evidently not given up hopes of stardom as she prepared by getting her hair done especially. Alas she managed to double-book herself for an appearance on Sky at virtually the same time. When she did arrive, late, at the C4 studios, her hairdo wasn't finished and she gave the interview with rollers still in her hair. So looks like Makosi is staying on the Z-list.

Spiked grammarian

Former Tory leader Michael Howard is one of those enraged by David Cameron's position on grammar schools: he attended one himself. The Daily Telegraph commissioned a piece by Howard. He wrote it after advisers had calmed him down, but those who saw it say it was less than full-throated in its support for Cameron's position. This muted criticism wasn't good enough, though, for Simon Heffer, Cameron's baiter-in-chief. He spiked the piece.

Conrad's comrades

Various Canadian journalists have followed Conrad Black's lead and have been lambasting the American justice system for having the temerity to prosecute him. But Allan Fotheringham of the Welland Tribune has not been impressed by the performance of his colleagues: "The Canadian journalism treatment of this trial has been a disgrace. Peter Worthington of the Toronto Sun, Mark Steyn for Macleans, Christie Blatchford for The Globe and Mail - all of whom have worked for Black at one stage or are friends - have been so vicious of Radler [the US prosecution's chief witness] and fawning of their hero as to be embarrassing to their trade.

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