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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WHAT does the future hold for two of the media business's most important trade titles, Press Gazette and Media Week? The signs are that owners Quantum Business Media may have found a buyer - at least for Media Week. Staff are on tenterhooks after a meeting was called by the management yesterday morning, before being abruptly cancelled. The word is that Michael Heseltine's Haymarket empire is on the verge of buying the magazine. Insiders at Quantum fear that Haymarket, which publishes rival media titles such as Campaign, might be tempted to merge editorial teams in a bid to make efficiency savings. The plight of Press Gazette, which organised last month's troubled Press Awards, is less certain, although rumours that Piers Morgan could be brought in as editor have been dismissed as wild speculation.

. VINDICATION for Jeremy Paxman (left). Newsnight editor Peter Barron's decision to drop details of the financial markets in favour of introducing a weather forecast enraged the show's top presenter. Now viewers have been voting in their droves against the innovation. "Viewer emails are running 70-30 in favour of bringing back the markets coverage," says our Newsnight mole.

"Whatever the audience votes for, we'll have to take it into account."

That means financial news is likely to make a comeback, but the weather is set to stay, too.

. THE Daily Telegraph comment pages just aren't big enough for two Mounts.

Harry Mount, deputy comment editor, has had the pleasure of editing his father Ferdinand's copy, after Mount Senior was recently hired as a columnist by editor Martin Newland. But now, following Stephen Robinson's appointment as comment editor, Mount Junior is jetting off - to be the Telegraph's correspondent in the Big Apple.

Some envious types in the Telegraph news operation think the job should have gone to someone with more experience as a newshound.

. DAVID Blunkett's relentless re-courting of the press continues. …

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