The Sun is about to announce it has axed its under fire diary column, The Whip, I understand from sources close to Wapping. As regular readers will know, I was not exactly a fan of a column which persistently filched stories from blogs and elsewhere, sometimes word for word, with no attribution. Things had improved markedly over the last six months in that respect, but The Whip was never really one thing or the other. It was an uncomfortable mix of political and showbiz gossip which never really quite worked.
The Whip's two staff, who included editor Katherine Bergen, left the paper at the end of last week and are not being replaced according to my source.