Tuesday, March 07, 2006
All Change at the Sunday Telegraph (again...)
So Sarah Sands lasted only eight months in the editor's chair at the Sunday Telegraph. I have to say I think she has nearly ruined a great paper. She has been chasing the women readers so relentlessly she seems to have forgotten about male readers. Most news stories in recent months seem to have been aimed at female readers and the redesign certainly gave the paper a more feminine feel. The Sunday Telegraph was always the first Sunday paper I would turn to yet that is no longer the case. Its political coverage is a shadow of what it was, and that's no reflection on its political journalists. They simply couldn't get stories into the paper, and what they did get in had to be sexed up - or at least that's how it seemed. Patience Wheatcroft (pictured) will be an altogether tougher cookie than Ms Sands and I suspect there will be some vigorous debate about the future direction of the paper under her editorship. I know Patience a little and she is certainly no fan of Cameroonian economics - she's very much a Redwoodite in her views on government and economic policy. She's reportedly fallen out with Times editor Robert Thomson in recent months but I think she's someone The Times is going to miss.