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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Sir Paul McCartney couldn't manage it, nor, according to the Daily Mirror, could News of the World editor Rebekah Wade, who was married in Las Vegas yesterday to Ross Kemp. But Sarah Montague, the Radio 4 Today programme presenter, who makes waking up in the morning a joy, contrived a secret wedding 10 days ago to her long-term partner, restaurateur Christopher Brooks.

The nuptials were very private, with hardly any gossipy BBC types around to leak the news. "Sarah wanted private to mean private," a friend said. Unlike some other newlyweds we could mention.

Meanwhile her boss, Today editor Rod Liddle, is apparently branching out into television in his relentless momentum upwards. Not content with his Guardian column, Liddle is about to be named as the presenter of BBC2's new political programme aimed at youth, which Greg Dyke hopes will reconnect viewers with current-affairs programming. His impending appointment has created mirth inside the corporation. "Rod may be the coming man, but might have a problem as a 'yoof' TV presenter," says a source. A bit mean; he's at least in his late thirties (no official age given), but surely not all young people are put off by maturity.

When Jeremy Vine, recently appointed as Jimmy Young's successor on Radio 2, wanted to extricate himself from his Newsnight obligations, he decided he needed an agent to ease his exit.

The BBC, though, doesn't allow its staffers to have agents, so Alex Armitage of the Noel Gay Organisation agreed to represent Vine informally - and without pay. If Vine thought he was getting some fearsome attack dog, he was mistaken.

Armitage was not the ideal choice to put up against Roger Mosey, director of BBC Television News, not least because Armitage is also Mosey's agent - for his writing and non-BBC work. The big showdown between the two was described as "giggly".

Intriguing that the FT's James Harding focused quite so heavily on the future of The Times during his big interview yesterday with Rupert Murdoch. …

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