“I don’t want to be too pompous about it. But it’s a crucial part of society to have a proud, rude, free press.”
Geordie Greig rarely gives interviews. As former editor of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard, and – since January – the online-only Independent, he’s well-placed to give an insight into what it’s like to lead a newspaper, as well as assess the future prospects as the industry hurtles towards the digital arena.
His 30 minute interview with the Media Show’s Katie Razzall is worth a listen. Greig is good on Brexit (he was a fierce campaigner for remain at the MoS), Partygate, and whether Boris Johnson had him fired from the Mail, Jeremy Clarkson’s column on Meghan Markle (“not a proud moment for Fleet Street”) and the bizarre manner of Lord Lebedev’s purchase of the Standard.