Alastair Campbell returns to newspapers

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Image caption The appointment of Alastair Campbell seems to point towards a growing pro-Remain confidence

Alastair Campbell is returning to British newspapers as editor-at-large of The New European.

Almost a quarter of a century after he left the Daily Mirror to work for Tony Blair, Campbell will write regular columns and, like all editors-at-large, become an ambassador for the product, I have learned.

He will also commission pieces.

It was Campbell who persuaded Blair to write a high-profile front-page story for the paper.

Campbell already has a regular slot, whether a column or interview, in GQ magazine and also the International Business Times.

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Image caption Last circulation figures for the weekly The New European suggest it sells more than 20,000 copies

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What is the function of an editor?

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Image caption George Osborne will take over as editor of the London Evening Standard

Editing a newspaper is an extremely rewarding and tough job, probably harder these days than a few decades ago, because of scarcity of resources and the demands of the internet.

But being an editor isn't just an editorial job.

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George Osborne: From history buff to austerity editor

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George Osborne is a history buff at heart.

A student of modern history in his undergraduate days at Oxford, his is that cast of mind with a tendency to see himself as the inheritor of distant traditions.

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Osborne job 'a remarkable move'

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George Osborne's appointment as Editor of the London Evening Standard is a remarkable move that will dazzle the worlds of politics and media.

The former Chancellor will continue as MP for Tatton for the foreseeable future while taking the top chair at London's afternoon paper, as I exclusively revealed on Friday.

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BBC School Report: What I learned

Media captionTony Hall was questioned by young reporters about Dr Who and losing Bake Off

This week, I had the utterly terrifying experience of speaking to three very smart people who want my job and are much better qualified for it than me.

Alex, 12, Yusuf, 14, and Rima, 14, interviewed Tony Hall, the director general of the BBC, as part of BBC School Report, an initiative encouraging 11- to 16-year-olds to broadcast their own news.

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Do the technology giants finally face a backlash?

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Image caption Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg: a shared philosophy

It is perhaps the most beguiling irony of our age that a new class of super-rich that has emerged on America's West Coast has its moral, intellectual and even spiritual origins in the anti-materialistic radicalism of 1960s counter-culture.

Silicon Valley is what happened when the flower power generation sobered up.

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Fox and Sky: Is this time different?

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has said she is "minded to" refer the bid by 21st Century Fox for the 61% of Sky it doesn't own to Ofcom, the regulator.

I am minded to be wary of ministers who adopt strong stances on issues while deferring decisions to other people - but more of that later.

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Channel 4 chief executive to stand down

David Abraham, the CEO of Channel 4, will stand down later this year after seven years in the job.

Channel 4 accidentally tweeted the statement about his departure, before promptly deleting it. The broadcaster later confirmed Abraham's departure.

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Trump and the media - Is it war or love?

Media captionAre President Trump's attacks on the media undermining the news?

For the past week I have been in New York and Washington, talking to key players in the media here. By that, I don't just mean the hated mainstream media, whatever that phrase means. I've also spoken to conservative talk radio hosts who think of Donald Trump as an emissary from the promised land.

And I've come closer to understanding Trump's highly coherent media strategy. In short, his "war with" the media ought to be updated to "marriage to" - or "affair with".

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Gordon Brown calls for second Leveson press abuse inquiry

  • 2 March 2017
  • From the section UK
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Gordon Brown has called for the second part of the Leveson Inquiry to go ahead - and said the majority of press abuses in recent years were from the Murdoch press.

Speaking to the former prime minister for Thursday's BBC News at Ten, I asked him why we need it, given the criminal trials that followed the first part and high cost to the public.

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