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Allegra Stratton - New PM Press Secretary

(October 2020)

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Parker
I seem to remember Private Eye magazine said she wasn't the most popular person wherever she worked as a journalist. Screaming hissy fits were abound. Sound like fun at number 9 Very Happy
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Worzel
I seem to remember Private Eye magazine said she wasn't the most popular person wherever she worked as a journalist. Screaming hissy fits were abound. Sound like fun at number 9 Very Happy


And you believe everything you read in the Hislop Times then? Very Happy
Last edited by Worzel on 8 October 2020 6:13pm
SO
Soupnzi
There’s been various stories in Private Eye from her time at Newsnight which suggested various political allegiances...but it doesn’t really matter now she’s an ex-journalist and we know her views.

If she follows the career trajectory of Sean Spicer she could be on Strictly this time next year.
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AlexS
It's kind of ironic that you are criticising her behavior whilst at the same time hinting at being an employee of an impartial broadcaster and clearly stating political views that the expression of which are clearly incompatible with impartial broadcasting. What Allegra has or hasn't done in private doesn't need to be public knowledge and adds nothing to the conversation unless people are trying to discredit her.
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LL
London Lite Founding member
While Private Eye gets it wrong on occasion, the media gossip they print is usually accurate.
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Cando
While Private Eye gets it wrong on occasion, the media gossip they print is usually accurate.

The opposite imho. They get very basic media gossip wrong
DT
DTV
Cando posted:
While Private Eye gets it wrong on occasion, the media gossip they print is usually accurate.

The opposite imho. They get very basic media gossip wrong


While they may not always be right, I have seen the Stratton-Tower Hamlets Council story repeated in other outlets.
LL
London Lite Founding member
DTV posted:
Cando posted:
While Private Eye gets it wrong on occasion, the media gossip they print is usually accurate.

The opposite imho. They get very basic media gossip wrong


While they may not always be right, I have seen the Stratton-Tower Hamlets Council story repeated in other outlets.


Private Eye works with local websites/journalists to ensure their Rotten Boroughs column is accurate.

All of the stuff about how rotten Croydon Council is comes from Inside Croydon.

The media gossip largely comes from journalists in the newsrooms. They're better at gossip from newspaper offices than from broadcasters to be fair.
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bilky asko
DTV posted:
Cando posted:
The opposite imho. They get very basic media gossip wrong


While they may not always be right, I have seen the Stratton-Tower Hamlets Council story repeated in other outlets.


Private Eye works with local websites/journalists to ensure their Rotten Boroughs column is accurate.

All of the stuff about how rotten Croydon Council is comes from Inside Croydon.

The media gossip largely comes from journalists in the newsrooms. They're better at gossip from newspaper offices than from broadcasters to be fair.


Indeed, the North Yorks Enquirer has a section full of stories that Private Eye have sourced from them, for example.
LL
London Lite Founding member
Private Eye have an excellent strategy that ensures that even in the connected era, the paper based product is still their most important thing, while drip feeding content on their website. There is also a newsy podcast.

It hasn't really changed much in the 22 years I've read the magazine, bar moving from two-tone to full colour print, which is part of the charm of the mag. While there is a tiny part that is satirical which attracted me as a teenager, it's the serious journalism which is the core of the title. Some of it may be a tad sarcastic, but for £2 a fortnight, as a topical magazine, I still prefer it to the glossy rivals such as the New Statesman or The Spectator.
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Omnipresent
According to today's Sunday Times, these briefings will start in January:

Quote:
From January, she will take charge of daily televised press conference from No 9 Downing Street. Johnson has been wooing Stratton for months despite the reservations of his director of communications, Lee Cain.

She beat the other finalist, the BBC’s Ellie Price, after both underwent a bruising mock press conference. Sources in the room say Stratton appeared authoritative and was prepared to be aggressive when attacked.


Quote:
Stratton, a former ITV, BBC Newsnight and Guardian journalist, did not apply for the job, as she wanted [Lee] Cain to have the chance to find his own candidate. But in recent weeks Johnson called and asked her to do so. He also invited her to his Downing Street flat to outline his wish to communicate a wider agenda, including on subjects such as climate change.


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/anxious-boris-johnson-seeks-a-makeover-jwskcgkkn
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DTV
Shall we start a pool on which month these'll be axed?

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