THE BOOK OF LISTS: The 10 Most talked about editors

campaignlive.co.uk, Monday, 17 December 2001 12:00PM

1. Keith Kendrick



IPC Media spent more than a year searching for someone to take the

editorial reins at the troubled lads' magazine Loaded. Then it surprised

everyone by handing the job to the editor of its women's weekly Chat.

Early talk of Loaded growing up tailed off pretty sharpish when it

became clear that Kendrick was ready to make up for lost time on the

hardcore front. Before long, a train of disgruntled staffers were

leaving the magazine, complaining that it was being turned into

pornography. Poor sensitive souls!



2. Colin Myler



The Sunday Mirror's editor was certainly sick as a parrot after an

ill-advised interview with the victim's parents collapsed the trial of

the Leeds United footballers Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer. Worse, it

emerged he was absent from the news desk when the decision to proceed

was made. Myler resigned, leaving the paper to face contempt of court

proceedings. He was later given the role of managing editor at Rupert

Murdoch's New York Post.



3. Don Hale



The Matlock Mercury's editor started the year on a career high. His

campaign to free Stephen Downing, who was convicted of murder in 1974

despite a mental age of 11, achieved its end in February. After picking

up a PPA, he was then forced out after a row with the paper's

management.



4. Jeff Randall



Randall's nicely timed leap from the failing Sunday Business to become

the BBC's first business editor created a whirlwind of speculation as to

how he could slap Auntie's business reporting into shape. Randall

finally arrived at his new job to find his office had been blown up by

the Real IRA.



5. Richard Lambert



The Financial Times' stalwart bowed out in July after a decade at the

helm of the pink pages. His successor, Andrew Gowers, has a hard act to

follow - not least now that economic tides are turning against the

paper.



6. Piers Morgan



Never a shrinking violet, despite threats of legal action hanging over

his head, Morgan's profile has again overshadowed that of his red-top

rival, David Yelland. Media commentators rushed to compliment The

Mirror's coverage of the international crisis that followed the attacks

on the US on 11 September.



7. Phil Hall



The News of the World's celebrity poacher turned gamekeeper at the turn

of the year when he bounced back from his shock dismissal to become the

editor of Hello!. Observers will have to wait until February to see if

Hall's news-focused agenda can regain leadership over OK!.



8. Peter Hill



The Daily Star's chief is the only trump card in Northern & Shell's

diminished editorial pack. While the Express titles have struggled,

Hill's uncanny eye for red-top readers' instincts have overseen a

circulation charge for the Jordan-enhanced title.



9. Paul Dacre



When the Daily Mail and the Daily Express clashed repeatedly earlier

this year, it was the Mail's deliberately low-profile editor who

received most of the attention. Coverage focused on his growing

domination of UK editorial coverage and his role as bastion of - or

affront to - journalistic standards in the UK.



10. Jo Elvin



The Australian editor of Glamour has overseen the most successful launch

in recent publishing history, wholly eclipsing potential rivals such as

In Style's Dee Nolan and leading a host of established titles to

experiment with Glamour's A5 format.



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