Things we like: Guardian facing up to reality

No-one likes making job cuts but the Guardian chief executive, David Pemsel, and editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, are right to give the loss-making media group a reality check by telling staff this week that they need to slash operating costs by 20 per cent or £50 million.

Guardian chief executive David Pemsel
Guardian chief executive David Pemsel

With hindsight, the former CEO Andrew Miller was nowhere near tough enough with Viner’s predecessor, Alan Rusbridger, about tackling spiralling costs. Let’s hope the ex-editor doesn’t try to be a backseat driver in his new role as the chairman of The Scott Trust.

Hearst’s master’s degree
Hearst Magazines UK, which publishes Elle, Cosmopolitan and Esquire, is launching a master’s degree in art and design. Brands within the company will support specific specialisms such as fashion, interior design and photography and animation. The degree has been designed in partnership with Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts. The 18-month course begins in September and students will be able to get involved with industry projects and considered for internships across Hearst’s brands worldwide.

This Morning after
A spectacularly dishevelled Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield giggling through This Morning proved a hit with viewers. Dressed in the same clothes as the night before, the presenting duo explained that they had not been home after the National Television Awards, where they won Best Daytime Show. But one would have thought that ITV’s wardrobe department would have had a spare set of clean togs on standby.

And one thing we don’t…

City AM blocking readers
City AM already denies access to desktop users with ad-blockers – which the freesheet believes undermines its business – but the title went a step too far this week by banning the use of Flash-blockers too. Readers took to Twitter to complain that they were being unfairly punished for using software that bars Flash content, which can use a lot of memory to run video and animation. In City AM’s defence, it has responded quickly, giving out contact details for anyone experiencing difficulties.