Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

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ANXIOUS times at The Spectator, which is already in limbo following editor Boris Johnson's resignation. The news that the Telegraph Group, also owned by the Barclay brothers, is to move out of Canary Wharf next year has added to speculation that The Speccie is going to leave its celebrated Doughty Street offices too. While The Spectator could join the Telegraph papers in their putative new HQ in Victoria, there are rumours that the magazine will be re-housed in Ludgate Circus in the City.

"That would be terrible," says one senior Spectator journalist. Selling the freehold of the Georgian townhouse on Doughty Street would raise about [pounds sterling]2.6 million - the asking price for a similar house currently for sale down the road.

That depends on Spectator chief executive Andrew Neil. He says there will be "no decision on editor or building" until the new year.

MEANWHILE, Andrew Neil, right, lost a big chunk of his publishing empire this week with the sale of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday to Johnston Press for [pounds sterling]160 million. This will mean a shake-up for Neil's remaining London-based publications, The Business, The Spectator and art magazine Apollo, which are believed to rely on the Scottish titles for some financial back-office functions. The Scotsman sale also raises questions about the future of Iain Martin, editor of Scotland on Sunday, as it means he will no longer be working for Neil, his great mentor. Unless, of course, Martin were to be tempted by an offer to head south to edit The Spectator.

THE RISE of Daily Telegraph City editor Will Lewis has prompted some disloyal talk on the paper. Our mole points out that while Lewis, 36, is also joint deputy editor of the paper, he is notably absent from a rota of senior executives such as Neil Darbyshire and Sue Ryan who edit the main paper on Sundays if editor-in-chief John Bryant is away. No big deal, insists Lewis.

He edits the City pages six days a week and oversees the paper's new podcasting venture.

"We launched our new business section just two months ago and therefore it is right for me to work every Sunday helping to produce that," he says. …

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