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Press Gazette RIP

I try not to write about individual magazine closures but I cannot let the passing of Press Gazette go unremarked.  I had the privilege of publishing Press Gazette before selling it to Piers Morgan and Mathew Freud when we broke up Quantum Business Media.  It was never an easy title to get right.  It’s readers were passionate about it, but unwilling to pay for it.  Recruitment, which hadbeen the bread and butter of the magazine all but dried up with the regional newspaper groups operating an effective boycott in favour of their jointly owned Hold the Front Page website.  The press awards were a cauldron of ego, hatred, boorishness, controversy, boycotts, politics and occasionally a celebration of the best in journalism.

There is not enough independent comment on the media.  I told Dominic Ponsford, the last editor of PG, that his job was one of the toughest in media.  He made a great fist of producing a readable magazine about journalism on very limited resources.  His boss, Les Kelly, whom I also know well, is nothing if not a realist.  We probably shouldn’t be sentimental about PG and Les is paid a salary not to be.  But even when this is the right commercial judgement for Wilmington, my own view is that the fourth estate is the worse for the passing of the title.

On a personal note I considered it an honour to have been associated with PG.  I wish Dominic and all who have passed though its pages and passed its pages, the very best of luck.

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  4. Ahh, Thackers, there you are – is that the only shirt you have? Looks remarkably like the one you wore on Saturday to do your Johnnie Cash impersonation (reminds of me a certain one piece ski suit from many years ago…..)

    It was good to see you again.

    Spats (looking after the bottom end)

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