Rupert Murdoch has got rid of James Harding, editor of the Times. Here’s what staff were told.
Once upon a time, not long ago, questions would have been asked in Parliament. Murdoch, after all, bought the Times under strict conditions of editorial independence. Now the printed press is considered so peripheral that there is unlikely to be much outcry – except from staff.
This from candid columnist Giles Coren:
I am gutted about
@hardingthehack, the best editor I have ever worked for. The Times has fucked itself in the arse. Merry fucking Christmas.
Here’s another protest from the theatre critic: Libby Purves
@lib_thinks James Harding gave newspaper journalism a good name, backed and trusted writers. Huge loss. Real sadness. Gutted. Hard to think beyond it.
Star columnist Caitlin Moran
@caitlinmoran *increasingly maudlin* James Harding was a true gentleman – properly honourable during difficult times.
Harding will be replaced by longterm Sunday Times editor, John Witherow.