Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air-Media

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air-Media

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PENGUIN have been told they won't get William Shawcross's biog of the Queen Mother, supposedly because they published the Burrell book, and Macmillan will now take it. Equally intriguing was the fact that HarperCollins dropped out of the bidding a month or so ago.

Surely with a pro-Murdoch biography under his belt and the possibility of a Sunday Times tie-in on serial rights, that would be a more obvious home?

Did they lose their nerve, money-wise, or was there a royal veto on them as well?

HarperCollins won't say.

. IT was down-tools yesterday afternoon at The Daily Telegraph, where journalists adjourned en masse to the canteen for an NUJ meeting about a sparse (in some cases non-existent) wage rise two years ago.

The company claimed at the time that there was no money to spare.

Hardliners are pressing for a strike. That won't happen, but some Telegraph writers have managed to get discontent about their pay into print. On Monday, Comment editor George Trefgarne wrote movingly about how he was struggling to pay his mortgage. Last week the DT's Tom Utley, under his Tom Kemp pseudonym, complained that the fee from one article would barely be enough to buy a spare key for his Ford car. And the excellent Andrew Gimson has made something of a speciality of doing "hard-up angle" pieces in the Telegraph's features pages. However hard up Conrad Black (pictured) may be, surely he must increase his toilers' pay before they all starve.

. A SENSE-of-humour failure among high-ups at Radio 1 following Chris Moyles's debut as presenter of the station's troubled breakfast show on Monday. Moyles, never a shrinking violet, has billed himself as the "saviour of Radio 1" and boasted that he could "absolutely kick anybody's arse on breakfast, ever" - which may be grammatically challenged, but we get the point. Given the chance, the first thing he did when his show started at 7am was deliver an on-air rap that mocked his predecessors. …

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