Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

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The big consolation in these recessionary times is the knowledge of where the loot went in the days when times were still good. Daily Telegraph hacks waiting to know how 40 staff are to be axed will doubtless be gratified to learn that, according to the latest figures from the normally reliable AdAge.com survey of top people's pay, last year Lord Black was awarded a salary increase of nearly 30 per cent from [pound]448,000 to [pound]595,000 - and he took massively increased bonuses and share options worth a further [pound]1.8 million.

It'll gladden the hearts of News Corp toilers, facing big budget cuts and hiring freezes, that Rupert Murdoch received a pay rise of nearly 50 per cent last year to [pound]6.3 million, plus bonuses of a further [pound]1.25 million. It makes all the sacrifices worthwhile.

Almost alone among national newspapers, The Times has been sympathetic to Greece - and critical of the anoraks - in the planespotting affair. A leader comment last week claimed "no one can deny that the circumstances" of the 14 planespotters' arrest were "suspicious", and thundered: "At best the group are guilty of naivety and recklessness; at worst they have deliberately flouted the law."

This was entirely unconnected with the special 16-page special supplement on Greece that The Times carried yesterday, full of advertising from Greek companies and eye-catching headlines such as "The Corinthians are ready to take on the world" and "So much more than sunburn and swimming".

The Sunday Express was planning to have its Christmas party last week at Joe Allen's in Covent Garden. But 50 people were needed to make up the booking. Despite trying to rope in freelancers, casual subs and secretaries, it still couldn't make up the numbers. So the desultory bash had to be held at the local wine bar, Stamford's, where staff go almost every day. …

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