Monday, 12 March 2012

Politicians and journalists form 'a giant club' says Indy editor Blackhurst | Media | guardian.co.uk

He could have been talking about Australia.
Politicians and journalists form 'a giant club' says Indy editor Blackhurst | Media | guardian.co.uk: "Politicians and journalists have had an unhealthily close relationship to one another, according to Chris Blackhurst, editor of The Independent He told a Bath literature festival audience that MPs and reporters formed "a giant club" at Westminster. Successive governments had courted newspaper proprietors, said Blackhurst, and told of his time at the Daily Express where he was deputy editor to Rosie Boycott. They were appointed by Lord Hollick, a Labour peer, and the paper was moved away from its traditional Conservative support. Blackhurst said: "We were trying to turn the paper into a more liberal and upmarket paper but management lost its nerve. They sold the paper to Richard Desmond... "Within a fortnight, the heavy bulk of the Labour cabinet was fawning over Desmond. We were really shocked by it." For a time, the Express continued to support Tony Blair but subsequently reverted (after Blackhurst and Boycott had departed) to its old right-wing agenda."

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