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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. CHANGES at the helm of the Barclay brothers' Scottish papers have prompted renewed speculation about the future of the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. Normally the departure of Scotland on Sunday editor John McLennan (he's to take over at the Edinburgh Evening News) and the resignation of Will Peakin as deputy editor of The Scotsman would receive little attention in Fleet Street.

Despite the fact that when the Telegraph papers were bought, Aidan Barclay assured their editors their jobs were safe, "the feeling is that some major announcements are imminent," a Canary Wharf executive says.

The latest idea being mooted, apparently, is swapping editors, with the Sunday's Dominic Lawson taking over the Daily, and Martin Newland moving to the Sunday. And the name of Jeff Randall, the BBC's business editor, won't go away - once again he is being touted as a possible replacement for Newland.

. THE ownership might change, the readers don't. The Daily Telegraph has been inundated with complaints from right-thinking readers about the paper's serialisation of Cherie Blair's book about life at Number 10, The Goldfish Bowl.

There has been a sharp reaction from Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells and one journalist reports fielding angry calls from readers demanding to know what on earth their true blue paper was doing publicising "that woman".

. RADIO 2's big "Wogan problem" (what to do when Terry retires) is no nearer a solution after various temporary stand-ins have failed to impress the powers that be at the Beeb.

The latest to be tried out, Jonathan Ross (right), also seems unlikely to make the grade. With Wogan on holiday, Ross subjected Terry's audience, who appreciate easy listening, to sneery sarcasm and a dose of foul language.

Worse, he mocked Wogan's listeners for being old, and made fun of the religious slot just after nine o'clock. …

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