Standard's deputy moves to Mail Online

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Image caption Former Chancellor George Osborne became editor of the Standard earlier this month

There's been a lot of "fair play, George Osborne" on Twitter in recent days, commending him for breaking a series of agenda-setting political stories.

There was the line about how not a single member of the cabinet supports the prime minister's immigration cap, followed by the scoop about her swivel on social care.

Given his 20 years in politics, including six as chancellor, by my calculation Mr Osborne has roughly 17,000 further scoops in his head, with which he will no doubt be entertaining readers of the Standard in weeks to come.

He has had a very lively news agenda in his first weeks as an editor, with not just the election and now the horror in Manchester, a city he championed, with a constituency nearby, but also Donald Trump's novel experiments in modern public administration.

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The tougher test will come when, inevitably, the news agenda is quieter - perhaps in August, for instance.

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May delights her fans in the press

So it turns out that a prime minister's word isn't always sacrosanct - because, after all, he or she won't be in No 10 forever.

Victims of press abuse in Britain believe they were given a cast-iron guarantee that the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry, which would look at corporate governance at Rupert Murdoch's News International as well as the relationship between Britain's press and the police, would definitely go ahead.

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Gordon Brown calls for 'Leveson 2'

I can reveal that Gordon Brown has written to Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, arguing that his experience of the new press regulator IPSO strengthens the case for a second stage of the Leveson Inquiry.

The former Prime Minister had a complaint upheld against The Daily Telegraph, concerning his expenses. The paper re-published an old heading, "The Truth About the Cabinet Expenses", together with a picture of Brown and his brother.

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Rupert Murdoch gives robust response to BBC questions

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As Ofcom explores whether Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox should be allowed to press on with its planned takeover of Sky, we thought the company might agree to an interview with the BBC. But they said no.

So we paid Rupert Murdoch a surprise visit at his headquarters in Manhattan.

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BBC election debates: A decent result?

Image caption Leaders of opposition parties took part in a televised debate during the 2015 general election campaign

Henry Kissinger is said to have remarked, when asked why university politics is so vicious, that it was "precisely because the stakes are so small". In some academic circles, this is updated to: "Because the stakes are so small and the egos so big".

When it comes to TV debates ahead of British elections, both the egos and the stakes are massive. This makes negotiations fraught. It is impossible to keep all of the people happy all of the time, and the incentives never align: Popular parties, especially if they are in government, would rather avoid them, so as to keep tight control of their message; but insurgents feel it is a moment to receive equal footing with those in power, and so look leaderly.

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Fox victims' lawyer to meet Ofcom next week

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I revealed on Twitter today that Douglas Wigdor, the New York lawyer who is representing over 20 of the alleged victims of sexual and racial harassment at Fox News, is to meet Ofcom next Thursday.

The key is that the timing of this Fox News scandal couldn't be worse for the Murdochs.

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What is going on at Fox News, and could it affect Sky bid?

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Image caption Sexual harassment scandals have rocked Fox News - and led to some top-level departures

The ancient adage was never wrong, and thanks to Fox News we can now offer an update: to lose one may be considered a misfortune; to lose two is a sign something's up; but to lose three is a sign that something is rotten in America's most watched news network.

The sacking of ratings juggernaut Bill O'Reilly last month was the most significant departure in the modern history of American cable news. Except that is, for the departure of his boss Roger Ailes last year.

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George Osborne's priorities as Evening Standard editor

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Image caption Like many a journalist, George Osborne arrived for work clutching a selection of the day's newspapers

George Osborne has had countless exhilarating moments in his career - and plenty of grim ones too.

He will have felt a surge of adrenaline when, this morning, he sat in the editor's chair at the Evening Standard for the first time. And thank goodness, because his new working hours mean he has to wake up at about 5am.

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Will Wikitribune help combat fake news?

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Jimmy Wales has launched Wikitribune: A crowd-sourced news website full of high-quality impartial news (eventually).

His interest in news media is nothing new. For years, the founder of Wikipedia, he has expressed concern about how to guarantee the future of quality journalism, and even been talked of as a potential investor in existing media companies.

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Two visions for the future of media

A multi-billionaire donates $100m to investigative journalism and hacks everywhere ask "where do I apply?".

Is this what the future of media looks like?

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