Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Racing Card

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Racing Card

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The Bet: Who will be the next political editor of ITN?

Adam Boulton    2-1
James Mates     3-1
Tom Bradby      9-2
Elinor Goodman 10-1
John Kampfner  50-1
(Source Ladbrokes)

As MPs arrived back in Westminster the parliamentary press lobby was awash with fresh gossip. This was not about who is trying (unsuccessfully) to smear the Chancellor, that's obvious, but who will get Michael Brunson's job when he retires later this year.

The top brass want James Mates to return from America to take up the post, but so far he has refused. Apparently he thinks the job has become nothing more than acting as Alastair Campbell's mouthpiece. The smart money is on Adam Boulton from Sky, widely regarded as the best of the bunch by other hacks. He denies that he wants the job, but friends say that if ITN can match his [pounds]200,000 plus salary he may be willing to move. …

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