Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

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WHO will win the battle to succeed Trevor Kavanagh (right) as political editor of The Sun?

With Kavanagh set to retire after the election, campaigning is already under way to win the most coveted tabloid job in the lobby.

Kavanagh's deputy, George Pascoe-Watson, is the frontrunner internally. But will Sun editor Rebekah Wade be tempted to look outside News International?

Simon Walters, political editor of The Mail on Sunday, who was named political journalist of the year at the British Press Awards, is seen as a serious threat to Pascoe-Watson's chances - not least because Walters, a solid scoop-getter, used to be on The Sun.

. MORE fallout from last week's ill-tempered Press Awards. Stephen Glover's claim that the awards were a "News International stitch-up" has provoked an angry reaction from Donald Trelford, chairman of the judges. "As far as Newspaper of the Year, which the News of the World won [by a unanimous decision], the idea there is any corruption or it was somehow rigged is ridiculous," says Trelford of his panel of judges, which included Radio 4 boss Mark Damazer and ITN chief David Mannion. "You wouldn't get a more impressive list [of judges] for the Pulitzers."

Trelford aims some of his ire at Bob Geldof, who launched a tirade of abuse when he collected an award for The Sun. "It does seem ridiculous that the future of the Press Awards - and the Press Gazette - should depend on some off-the-cuff remarks made by an ageing rock star," he says.

. PRESS Gazette editor Ian Reeves, whose company hosts the Press Awards, is keen to make peace with what he calls "The Alliance" - the 11 editors, including the editor of this paper, who issued a joint statement withdrawing their support for the awards "in its present format".

Reeves yesterday wrote to all the editors, inviting them to meet him individually to discuss their grievances. "Not all of them have the same reasons for not liking the current format," explains Reeves, who says he is ready to discuss reforms. …

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