Hmmm. Interesting internal memo to staff at the Brothel Advertiser yesterday.
It seems that editor Andy Worden has been booted sideways – a move to Crawley can hardly be rated as a promotion, after all.
Worden is the man who presided over a terrific front-page story that exposed a local “sinister” brothel, somehow overlooking that his paper had been advertising the very same brothel for the previous year and then carried on taking a pimp’s cash to promote it in its classified section for almost a month after the expose.
Worden has presided over the Advertiser‘s continuing decline in sales, down to less than 15,000 a week, to the point where its owners, Northcliffe Media, are now giving it away.
Northcliffe Media – the regional newspaper arm of the Daily Mail group – has re-shuffled its staff across four papers in the south-east.
Worden, 32, goes to the Crawley News and East Grinstead Courier & Observer. Can that be characterised as a promotion?
In his place, Croydon gets the Crawley editor, the 28-year-old Glenn Ebrey.
Let’s hope he’s the sort of editor who reads his own paper’s pages before they go to press. Or one who at least has the balls to admit when his paper has got it horribly wrong, and actually engage with his readership by publishing their letters when critical of his rag.