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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. LIMITED sympathy on Fleet Street for FA communications chief Colin Gibson, exsports editor at the Mail and The Sunday Telegraph, after he was spectacularly turned over by the News of the World over the Sven affair. "It shows the dangers of football journos becoming PRs," says one sports editor.

Others are more charitable. "The FA has never had such bad publicity but the top football writers and sports editors know far more about the needs of the press than a lot of PRs," warns a senior soccer reporter.

Insiders predict Gibson is now in line for a big payoff from the FA in return for not revealing details about his time at Soho Square. Gibson's predecessor, Paul Newman, was said to have been paid handsomely for keeping quiet when he left the FA last year.

. MUCH amusement in media circles at the latest gushing profile of Boris Johnson (right) - a fourpage puff in Vanity Fair which coincides with his fifth anniversary as Spectator editor. Among the milder superlatives, American writer Michael Wolff describes Boris as a "practically beloved, nearly Queen Mum-ish national figure" and likens him to Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. Well, at least if Boris's political ambitions fail over here, he should be assured a warm welcome in America.

. NO sign of an August lull in the war of succession at the Telegraph. Sarah Sands, Saturday editor has moved her own column to that day alongside Nigella Lawson and other star writers. Insiders decode the move as part of Sands's war on editor Martin Newland. The latest conspiracy has Sands and Sunday editor Dominic Lawson engaged in an alliance of convenience to allow Lawson to inherit the daily and Sands a long-desired move to edit the Sunday.

. THE appointment of Radio 4 boss Helen Boaden as director of news at the BBC is not guaranteed to please some of her new colleagues. …

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