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NEW One in the Eye No 44
History of the Daily and Sunday Express as told through the columns of Private Eye
4th March 1977
Grovel: The eccentric Col. Bruce Page, lured to the Daily Getsmuchworse by ageing trendy Sir Charles Mostyn-Wintour, tells me he is now the highest-paid journalist in Fleet Street.
The Colonel, who recently accused Dame Harold Evans of manslaughter, says he is paid £15,000 a year for only six months’ work.
18th March 1977
Grovel: The Daily Express/Daily Mail sniping is even nastier than has been reported.
The Express sister paper, under the direction of canny melodeon-playing Scot John Junor, has been digging into the mystery of the Mail’s missing managing director John Golding, who was in charge of collecting money for the Vietnam orphans.
Junor’s hacks have interviewed several people – and upset Mail executives by telephoning them at home.
This is a disgraceful thing to do. If the day has come when a man in charge of orphans’ money can’t disappear off the face of the earth then we have come to a pretty pass.
With ‘Biggles’ once again in hospital suffering from a second stroke, affairs at the Black Lubyanka are getting increasingly out of hand with the Mad Piranha lashing out in an increasingly desperate fashion.
Last week saw the departure of Assistant Editor Robin Esser, as well as Brian Nicholson, Piranha’s joint Managing Director. Nicholson, it is believed, could no longer endure the behaviour of his colleague.
Meanwhile the ludicrous affair of the cartoonist Cummings – sacked on Monday and reinstated on Friday – has not enhanced the prestige either of Piranha or the equally disastrous Sir Charles Mostyn Wintour, who is intent on ‘trendifying’ the Getsworse.
It now seems clear that the relaunching of the paper has been a disaster and the circulation has sunk back nearly to what it was before the tabloid came into existence.
Piranha will put the blame for this on everyone but himself, and more heads are expected to roll.
NEXT WEEK: Robin Esser is offered the deputy editorship of the Daily Express and a dispute breaks out over the IPC Press Photographer of the Year award to David Cairns
AND SO TO BEDS
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If the cap doesn't fit...
Sometimes editors have to do the most undignified things, as Sir Nicholas Lloyd found in 1995 when Sky TV invaded the Express offices in Blackfriars for a charity Telethon which was broadcast live to the masses. The picture came to light during a gathering of the World's Greatest Lunch Club at which the guest was the man with the longest career in Fleet Street – 57 years and still counting. Read about it here.
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