Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

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. A NOTABLE attack on Gordon Brown on the op-ed pages of The Times from Irwin Stelzer, Rupert Murdoch's economics guru. "Why Brown is wrong for No 10," boomed the headline of Stelzer's piece yesterday. "His outdated views on tax and state interference will lower British living standards." Some say Stelzer, who writes a column in the business pages of The Sunday Times, has less influence on Murdoch these days. But the piece in The Times, in the week that Gordon is taking centre stage in the pre-election campaign, suggests the Chancellor's strenuous efforts to woo editor Robert Thomson have failed to pay off. Stelzer himself declines to shed any light on the reasons for his piece - or the strident headline. "No offence, but I really don't want to talk about it," he says.

. THE BBC is still buzzing with the tale of how director-general Mark Thompson (left) once bit a TV producer during his days editing the Nine O'Clock News.

Thompson first got wind the media were on to the story when he was taking part in an internal BBC webchat with correspondent Nick Higham last Wednesday afternoon. The organisers of the webchat were baffled to receive a series of emails from staff. The first was innocuous: "When did you first develop a taste for broadcasting?", followed by: "What do journalists taste like?" No doubt Thompson, an avid reader of the Daily Star horoscope, could have predicted the story was going to make big headlines.

. A MISCHIEVOUS article in The Guardian by former Scotsman editor Alan Ruddock claims "Andrew Neil would be good for the Telegraph". Ruddock, who is something of a free spirit, hasn't always got along with his former boss, who axed him from the Scottish paper in 2000. Telegraph watchers speculate that while the Neil camp might well relish the prospect of their man taking control, they would be wary of upping the ante within the Telegraph group with such a public pitch for the job. …

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